This award-winning plan was an ambitious effort to revitalize Wenatchee’s riverfront area. MAKERS and a group of sub-consultants worked closely with City staff, the Chelan County PUD, business and property owners, applicable public agencies, and community groups throughout the process to develop a vision for the waterfront that is ambitious yet realistic and implementable. Two major plan components were the development of a shoreline restoration plan and waterfront park and trail improvements. The existing trail system was underutilized due to poor access, limited amenities, and a lack of adjacent open space. MAKERS identified opportunities for improving the system with new trail sections and access roads, adding connections between neighborhoods, expanding nearby open space, incorporating environmental restoration, and adding amenities.

The project is being aggressively implemented. This includes a combination of public improvements and private developments. While zoning changes and new design standards helped to spur some new residential development, the most critical implementation component has been the completion of Riverside Drive, which enhances circulation along the waterfront, improves access to the waterfront park, and provides tremendous redevelopment opportunities.

Plan by Makers, implementation by others.


City of Wenatchee and Chelan County Public Utility

MAKERS Services

Community Planning, Subarea Planning, Zoning Code Development, Shoreline Restoration Planning


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