Port of Kennewick, City of Kennewick, Benton County and Hanford Area Economic Investment Fund Advisory Committee (HAEIFAC) invite the public to celebrate the continued transformation of the East Columbia Drive waterfront at a ceremony to recognize the completion of Columbia Gardens Phase Two and introduce Gordon Estate Winery and Muret-Gaston Winery.
The event will also recognize Columbia Gardens’ founding wineries: Bartholomew and Monarcha, and celebrate the Food Truck Plaza’s regular vendors: Culture Shock Bistro, Ann’s Best Creole & Soul Food, Taste of Wok, Only Tacos, Bobablastic and Swampy’s BBQ.
Who: Everyone is welcome!
What: Columbia Gardens Phase Two Ribbon Cutting Event
When: Thursday, July 28, 2022, at 2 p.m.
Where: 313 E. Columbia Gardens Way, Kennewick, WA 99336
(near the Cable Bridge, across from Zip’s on East Columbia Drive)
The winemakers will be in attendance, all four wineries will be open, and the food trucks will offer sample tastings immediately following the festivities.
Phase Two was funded by Port of Kennewick in partnership with City of Kennewick, Benton County’s Rural County Capital Fund program and a HAEIFAC grant; with support from Benton PUD, Ben Franklin Transit, Columbia Center Rotary, Kennewick Arts Commission, Kennewick Community Development Block Grant Committee and STCU.
This phase involved constructing additional parking, a loop roadway, utilities, landscaping, new artwork, signage and a signalized pedestrian crossing. A Food Truck Plaza was established, and six shovel-ready parcels were readied for sale to encourage private-sector investment in the historic waterfront district. Columbia Gardens is unique because it is zoned as “Urban Mixed-Use” and federally designated as an “Opportunity Zone.”