The river, which carries more than half of Washington’s water and provides nearly all of the city’s recreational activity, is now home to the oldest riverfront park in the nation.
But its future is also at stake.
And, with the state’s next two-year budget deadline looming, the city has turned to a new look for its parkway.
Morrison and Quikset are two of three riverfront parks in Washington that are part of the Morrison & Quikrete Foundation.
The other two are at the river’s confluence with the Cascade River.
The three parks provide opportunities for recreation, with riverfront paths, walking trails, and playgrounds.
But the new green design is a bold move that could also help revitalization efforts in Morrison, which is near the confluence of the Cascade and Cascade-Siskiyou Rivers.
The parks are both open and open to the public during the summer.
The new design will help improve the quality of life for visitors, said Robert M. Williams, senior vice president of development at the foundation.
The green design will also help the river, he said, by giving visitors more space and visibility.
Williams said the foundation is looking at a variety of designs to create a green-themed environment that will appeal to people in all ages.
The Morrison & Qikretes will be one of a handful of green parks in the region.
The foundation is also in the process of developing a design for the city-owned Riverfront Park, which opened last year in the new Morrison and Quincy neighborhood.
The new green park will feature a new green sculpture, designed by local artist Michael Stroud, that will sit atop a stone bench overlooking the river.
It will be illuminated by a neon-lit light bulb that will turn on and off throughout the day to show visitors where they are on the Morrison and quicksand waterway, according to the foundation’s website.
The Morrison &quikret esis design will feature green benches, including one for riverwalk users.
The benches will also be illuminated with the neon-light bulb to show where people are, Williams said.
The foundation’s new green project will include a playground for children ages 6 to 11, a children’s riverwalk, a picnic area for adults, a playground and an area for people to take a dip in the river and a small pond.
The parkway will also include an expanded park with an integrated water feature and a large pavilion with a picnic table, picnic basket and shade shade plants, Williams noted.
The pavilion will also have restrooms, a fitness center and an interpretive sign.
The first of the new parks opened in 2016 and has since become one of the oldest in the state.
The city, which received $1.3 million from the foundation to complete the project, is using a design developed by the design firm of New York City-based Green Street, a public-private partnership that also designed a new park on the Columbia River.
The two parks also have a history of collaboration.
In 2015, the riverfront was named the first green design for Morrison and a similar project was announced in Washington, D.C., in 2019.
The riverfront’s first green park was also named for its namesake, Robert Morrison, who was the city councilor and mayor from 1915 to 1917.
Morrison died in 1959 at the age of 94.