Enhancing The Water's Edge

The revitalized Entiat Park along the banks of the Columbia River in Entiat, Wash., opened to camping on Memorial Day weekend. The grand-opening ceremony took place on May 16. The 30-acre park features:

  • Tent and RV camping
  • Boat launch
  • Multi-use shoreline trail
  • Swimming beach
  • Dock
  • Picnic areas
  • Restrooms with showers
  • Playground.  

The campground features 32 RV stalls set back from the shoreline, which enables more people to enjoy 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 primarily for RV camping, but the new design features 26 walk-in tent sites, including a group site. Each site has a barbecue grill and picnic table.

The park’s landscape blends vegetation types, ranging from open lawns with shade trees to a lush, riparian shoreline and open shrub-steppe rolling hills.

A series of interpretive panels tells the story of old Entiat, which was flooded because of the construction of the Rocky Reach Dam. Fragments of that history, such as a wall and steps along old Main Street, stand only feet away from the shoreline. A sculpture by Colville Tribal Artist, Smoker Marchand, serves as a park focal point.

As prime consultant, J.A. Brennan provided landscape architectural services for the project. The firm developed design concepts through bid documents. J.A. Brennan supported the bidding process and provided construction administration support as well.

Hurst Construction, as the contractor, with oversight from the Chelan County PUD and the J.A. Brennan Associates-led design team, completed the $5-million project on schedule. The team included Arai Jackson Ellison Murakami and Rolluda Architects, architecture; Pacific Engineering, civil engineering; Nelson Geotechnical Associates, geotechnical engineering; HV Engineering, Inc., mechanical engineering; and Z Engineering, electrical engineering.

Chris Nack of J.A. Brennan provided this report. For more information, reach her at (206) 583-0620 or christine@jabrennan.com.