Stevenson Park Plaza Survey

Rock Cove Design, of Stevenson, Washington, has been working with the Stevenson Business Association over the past year to create conceptual designs for development of the sidewalk/plaza area in front of the Skamania County Courthouse. Three concepts have been created by Rock Cove Design owners Pat Hood and Jeff Carlson and were presented to the public at an Open House on Thursday, January 28, 2016 at Rock Creek Hegewald Center.

The idea to create a community gathering place in the center of Stevenson came from discussion among a group of local community leaders, business owners and interested citizens meeting as the Stevenson Revitalization Group. The location chosen for this gathering place is what the community knows as the Courthouse Lawn and is now referenced as Stevenson Park Plaza. It is a sloping hillside that continues from the south side of the historical Skamania County Courthouse building and ends at the north side of the sidewalk lining Second Street (Highway 14). Rock Cove Design was tasked with exploring how this area might be expanded and enhanced to create an area that better supports community activities, drawing locals and visitors to a more vibrant and iconic downtown business district and county seat.

Local residents were surveyed last spring. Their many comments, suggestions and ideas about the project were incorporated into this planning process.

The three different plans vary in scope smaller to larger and are titled “Preservation Approach”, “Focus at Street Level” and “Looking to the Future”.

There are still many details to be worked out… funding being one of the most obvious. This would come from numerous sources including state and federal grants, public and private donations and city lodging taxes. Because of our current fiscal difficulties, Skamania County is not viewed as a potential source of money for this project.

Thank you for participating in our survey. Your feedback is important.

Click <<here>> to take the survey.

Click <<here>> for  a collection of drawings and perspectives of the project.

Truck traffic on SR14 – Information about how to write your Legislators

To: Stevenson Community Members

Date: April 10th, 2015

Re: 2nd Street Traffic & Pedestrian Safety

Dear Community Members,

One of the causes of excessive truck traffic in downtown Stevenson is Oregon trucks driving on the Washington side of the river to avoid paying Oregon’s weight-mile tax. Several community members asked us to provide information about how to write our legislators asking for legislative assistance with this problem. A copy of a letter recently sent by the City of Stevenson to Senator King is attached <<here>>.  A copy in Word format is <<here>> for your information. You may write or email our elected officials at the following addresses:

Governor Jay Inslee
Office of the Governor
PO Box 40002
Olympia, WA 98504-0002

State Senator Curtis King, Transportation Chair
305 John A. Cherberg Bldg
PO Box 40414
Olympia, WA 98504-0414

Representative Gina McCabe
P.O. Box 40600
Olympia, WA 98504-0600

Representative Norm Johnson
122C Legislative Bldg
PO Box 40600
Olympia, WA 98504-0600

Or the following email addresses:


Click <<here>> for a copy of the original memo
Click <<here>> for the letter sent to Senator King
Click <<here>> for MS Word  document for your information

Put your logo on the pedestrian crossing flags

To increase pedestrian safety in downtown Stevenson, the City has installed Pedestrian Crossing flags at

several of the downtown crosswalks. Local businesses are invited to advertise their business by

sponsoring a group of flags and adding their logo. Sponsors can purchase flags in quantities of 50 or

more for a cost of $13.50 per flag plus a one-time set up fee of $50.00 per logo. Please click the link <<PedestrianCrossingFlagBusinessLogos>> for ordering instructions or contact Public Works Director Eric Hansen at the City of Stevenson at for more information.

**NOTE** more than one logo can be placed on the flag if businesses would like to partner with other businesses.