Columbia River Park Master Plan
From its beginning, the River Park planning process responded to Columbia’s desire for future park growth within its existing 4.1 acre property, as well as within a largely undeveloped, adjacent tract located along the Susquehanna River between the Veterans Memorial Bridge and the Wright’s Ferry Bridge.
A shared vision for an expanded 11-acre River Park includes the following components to be developed:
- upgraded pedestrian access, new entry features, and an accessible river walk with railroad-viewing and river-viewing platforms
- a new marina building with a terrace to accommodate cultural programs and cafe dining
- new and renovated boat launch facilities including a canoe and kayak loading area
- removable boat docks
- interpretive biking and walking trails through naturalized and historic areas
- an educational center and outdoor amphitheatre
- expanded parking areas
The river front location also prompted the desire for green infrastructure including plans for river stabilization, pervious pavement, storm water erosion control, rain gardens, and native plantings for habitat enhancement.
With much urban redevelopment potential surrounding River Park, the success of each proposed community enhancement requires comprehensive planning. The River Park Revitalization Master Plan takes a bold step toward providing a cohesive riverfront and downtown experience for residents and visitors to Columbia Borough.
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