Grant County, Washington
Grant County PUD
Sitting just below the Ginko State Park visitor’s center on the west bank of the Columbia River, the Rocky Coulee site is criss-crossed with a network of user-defined trails accessing informal campsites. Users have also developed informal access points to the river in several locations.
SCJ landscape architects and civil engineers prepared schematic design drawings, permit drawings, construction documents, engineer’s estimates, and technical specifications for the project. Improvements include day use and overnight parking, delineating walk-in campsites, ADA campsites, restroom facilities, a culvert crossing of Rocky Coulee, viewpoints, interpretative signage along with upland and riparian restoration plantings.
“This project was a fun design exercise given the character of the site and the location at the mouth of a large coulee. Grant PUD had a vision to develop a more formal camping and day use area serving visitor staying in the area for a concert at the Gorge Amphitheater or seeking access to the Columbia River. Crossing the main channel to access the flat part of the site was the biggest challenge. Our goal was to create a crossing that did not dominate the entry experience for the visitor.”