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.
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