Phase I – Woodin Ave Landing
While the Gateway Project consists of multiple phases, we are currently focused solely on completing Phase I – The Woodin Ave Landing (WAL). The goal of the WAL is to beautify a neglected, but very visible, corner of downtown Chelan while increasing walkability and boater access to downtown. It also offers the benefit of providing an additional public lake access point for downtown visitors. The goal is to complete the Woodin Avenue Landing in early 2018 and use this completed space as leverage in fundraising for the remaining phases of the Gateway Park Project.
An Economic and Community Development Project:
Research shows that beauty is one of the top three factors in creating community a achievement, or loyalty, to a particular town or city. A pleasant community appearance adds to home values, helps attract business investment, and improves the neighborhood reputation. As one of the gateways to downtown Chelan, WAL serves as an important point for tourism as well. Given that research shows that visitors’ opinions are formed by first and last impressions, greening and beautifying this eye-sore is of utmost important. The beautification of this area will be a fantastic way to have a significant impact on both community and economic development.
In addition to beautification, communities can have a positive impact on the local economy by creating easier access to the business district and emphasizing pedestrian friendly streets. The WAL would beautify our downtown, allow for boat access to our downtown businesses and increase pedestrian ease in our historic downtown. Woodin Avenue Landing would help create a stronger, more cohesive community center and would have real dollars-and- cents benefits.