The new J.A. Brennan designed Entiat Park along the banks of the Columbia River in Entiat, about 20 miles north of Wenatchee, opens to camping on Memorial Day weekend. The grand-opening ceremony takes place on May 16.
The park features a boat launch, multi-use shoreline trail, swimming beach, dock, picnic areas, restroom with showers, and a playground.
A series of interpretive panels tells the story of old Entiat, which was flooded with the construction of the Rocky Reach Dam. Fragments of that history, such as a wall and steps along old Main Street, stand just feet away from the shoreline. A sculpture by Colville Tribal Artist, Smoker Marchand serves as a park focal point.
The campground features 32 RV stalls set back from the shoreline, which enables more people to enjoy shoreline access. Several beach touch points dot the nearly mile-long shoreline, promising both shady relaxation and sun-drenching beach opportunities. The former Entiat Park was designed exclusively for RV camping, but the new Entiat Park features 26 new walk-in tent sites, including a group site. Each site comes with barbecue grill and picnic table.
The park's landscape blends vegetation types, ranging from open lawns with shade trees, to lush, riparian shoreline and open shrub-steppe rolling hills.
Hurst Construction, as the contractor, with oversight from the Chelan County PUD and the J.A. Brennan team, completed the $6M project on schedule. The team included Arai Jackson Ellison Murakami, Rolluda Architects, Pacific Engineering, Nelson Geotechnical Associates, HV Engineering, and Z Engineering.
For more information please see the PUD's website.
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