Port of Walla Walla is leading a community effort to develop a multi-use park and recreation
area surrounding and including Cargill Pond near Burbank.
Port Commissioner Ron Dunning says the Port is working with
community groups and a landscape architect to create a design
concept that enhances existing pond features and a family activity
While Cargill Pond currently provides fishing and swimming opportunities,
Dunning said the area lacks the esthetic qualities normally
associated with a park. Added elements could feature walking
paths, picnic sites and grasscovered play areas.
would also “spruce up” the front entrance to the
Burbank community and provide an enhanced gateway to the Port’s
Burbank Business Park.
“We are pleased with the level of community interest in
redeveloping Cargill Pond,” Dunning emphasized. “Our
goal is to work with community leaders to obtain the necessary
public and private funding to begin the first of four improvement
Should the redevelopment plan proceed, the Port would need to
enter into a costsharing agreement with the U.S. Army Corps
of Engineers, owners of the property, which is considered a
part of Hood Park and alsoreferred to as the Hood Park Boat
Pond Project Design Goals
• Provide park facilities that will be easily accessible
from the surrounding community.
• Develop a system of pedestrian and bicycle paths to
connect existing and future park
• Encourage the development of parks and recreation facilities
that takes advantage of natural open space.
• Enhance the beauty of the area as a major environmental
• Foster good will with the community.
• Retain open space, enhance recreational opportunities,
preserve fish and wildlife habitat.