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Upcoming: St. Helens Community Meeting to Review Gray Cliffs In-Water Designs | News

The following is a press release from the City of St. Helens.

The City of St. Helens invites the community of St. Helens to a public forum on Wednesday, May 4, 2022, to review in-water facility alternatives developed by the Oregon State Marine Board (OSMB) for the Waterfront Park of Gray Cliffs. The meeting will take place at 6:30 p.m. before the regular meeting of the municipal council.

Plans for the in-water facility include a fully ADA accessible paddle boat launch and an ADA accessible fishing pier. A presentation of design alternatives will be reviewed, followed by an opportunity for community feedback.

Gray Cliffs Waterfront Park is located at the north end of River Street along the shore of the Columbia River. Built along a basalt cliff, the park is built on two levels. The site includes a non-motorized boat launch area, off-leash dog park, picnic tables and restrooms. The park is a great place to launch kayaks or canoes to get to Sand Island.

Parking lot view

The meeting agenda will be posted on the city’s website after April 29, 2022. Members of the St. Helens community are invited to attend the meeting in person, virtually via Zoom or on the YouTube channel from the city.

A Zoom link will be included in the meeting agenda. If you are unable to attend the meeting in person or virtually, a recording of the presentation will be posted on the City meetings page the following day. The meeting will take place in the Town Hall Council Chambers, 265 Strand Street, Plaza Entrance, St. Helens, OR 97051.

The meeting place is accessible to people with disabilities. A request for a hearing impaired interpreter or other accommodation for persons with disabilities must be made at least 48 hours prior to the meeting at City Hall at 503-397-6272.

The OSMB is assisting the City of St. Helens through its Technical Assistance Program to design and license a new in-water facility.

This project was identified in the St. Helens Parks and Trails Master Plan (2015). In 2019, the city improved Gray Cliffs Waterfront Park by installing a waterfront paddle boat launch area, constructing a new restroom/drinking fountain, and improving the parking lot with funds from the Recreational Trails Program of Oregon Parks and Recreation.

The proposed in-water facility will be in addition to the existing paddle boat launching area on shore.

For more information regarding the Gray Cliffs meeting, please contact Communications Officer Crystal King at [email protected]