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City of Astoria Receives OPRD Grant for Riverwalk Improvements
Thu, Feb 25, 2021
CITY OF ASTORIA RECEIVES OPRD LOCAL GOVERNMENT GRANT FOR
The City of Astoria is pleased to announce that its submission to the Oregon Parks and Recreation
Department’s (ORPD) Local Government Grant program for enhancements along the Riverwalk has been
selected as one of seven funded projects, out of 27 total submitted across the State of Oregon. The
City will receive $428,408 in grant funds for multiple improvements along the Riverwalk between
Portway and 17th Streets.
The grant application, a collaboration between the Community Development and Parks Departments, the
Astoria Downtown Historic District Association, and the Astoria Warrenton Area Chamber of Commerce,
was submitted in March 2020. Due to COVID-19’s impacts on lottery revenue, the source of grant
resources, applications weren’t reviewed until September 2020 and final selection by OPRD’s grant
commission was carried out on February 25, 2021.
Focusing on the Riverwalk between Uniontown and the historic downtown area, the project will add
lighting along the path, replace and install new interpretive and wayfinding signs to better locate
nearby amenities and offer information about the site’s history and natural environment, provide
ADA accessibility improvements in the form of buffer strips installed along trolley tracks, and
construct a Portland Loo-type restroom at People’s Park. The total project cost is estimated at
$717,435 and will require $288,937 (40%) in match from the City. Matching funds are anticipated to
come from the Astor East and Astor West Urban Renewal District funds and the Promote Astoria fund.
Parks and Community Development staff will determine the project’s schedule as grant award
documents are received and reviewed and contractors are selected.
Project updates and timelines will be posted at astoriaparks.com
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