18-094 Corps to replace Swallows Park light posts; temporary parking lot, boat ramp closures scheduled

Published Aug. 24, 2018
CLARKSTON, Wash. – U.S. Army Corps of Engineers maintenance staff will replace light posts and fixtures in the parking lot and boat-launch areas of Swallows Park, located at Snake River Mile 142, on the west riverbank in Clarkston, Washington, Corps officials at the Lower Granite Natural Resource Management Office announced today.

For worker and visitor safety, temporary closures to public access will occur as work progresses: Monday and Tuesday, Aug. 27-28, two parking lots near the playground will be closed; Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 29-30, access to the boat launch area will be closed. Other areas of the park remain open to visitors.

“The temporary closures of these limited areas are needed to provide the work crew with safe access to the entire area, and to protect visitors and their vehicles from potential hazards as light poles are removed and installed,” said Park Manager Darren Opp.

Fourteen light posts will be replaced; several posts were removed earlier during the summer because of extensive corrosion. Conventional lighting will be replaced with energy efficient LED lights, as back-ordered supplies arrive.

Visitors seeking boat-launching facilities are encouraged to consider other nearby locations:

* Greenbelt Ramp is located just north of the Interstate Blue Bridge in Clarkston, Wash., at Snake River Mile 140, on the west riverbank.

* Southway Ramp (a Corps property, leased and operated by Nez Perce County) is located just south of Lewiston, Idaho, on Snake River Avenue, at Snake River Mile 141, on the east riverbank.

For more information about this maintenance project or other nearby recreation opportunities, please contact the Natural Resource Management Office, 509-751-0250. For current dam-crossing information, call 1-888-DAM-INFO (1-888-326-4636).

Public Affairs Office

Release no. 18-094