17 Jul Public Invited to Celebrate Trail, Artwork, and The Gathering Place
Kennewick, WA – On Friday, August 4, 2017, at 10:30 a.m. the public is invited to join the Port of Kennewick, Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) Board of Trustees, and Tamastslikt Cultural Institute in celebrating completion of recreational improvements, art, and interpretive installations on Clover Island. The sidewalk/boardwalk was extended between the Clover Island Marina and West Marina Professional Building parking lots—providing public access to the entire south side of the island overlooking the marina harbor. And two bronze statues, “The Exchange” by artist Rodd Ambroson, will be installed within The Gathering Place—a setting especially designed to share the Tribes’ history, culture, and tradition of gathering Tule reeds within the area now known as Clover Island. August 4 festivities include Tribal drum & dancers, a ribbon cutting, dedication of The Gathering Place, and a public reception.
When: Friday, August 4, 2017, at 10:30 a.m. to noon
What: Blessing Ceremony/Celebration of Recreation, Art, & Interpretive Improvements
Where: Crowd will gather under tent canopy at Clover Island; Clover Island Dr., Kennewick, WA; parking available throughout the island
Clover Island has been in the Port of Kennewick’s property portfolio since 1942. The Port partnered with the Tribes and Kennewick Arts Commission to complete the south shoreline amenities. The Port’s goal is to transform Clover Island into a vibrant, destination waterfront and to stimulate urban renewal within Historic Downtown Kennewick. Completion of The Gathering Place project means a new mixed-use commercial lot will be available for development on Clover Island; providing an opportunity to bring jobs, business and residential activity to Kennewick’s waterfront.