The Irrigon Park and Recreation District is holding a ribbon-cutting ceremony on April 25 beginning at 9 am, for the facelift Irrigon Marina received during the Marine Board’s Round One grant cycle in 2013.
The Irrigon Park and Recreation District replaced the boat ramp and boarding floats, replaced old piles with new ones, and repaired the maneuvering area. The new ramp is concrete, with two lanes, new steel pilings, and aluminum boarding floats.
The Park and Recreation District provided $16,059 of in-kind contributions and $25,000 cash for the project. The Marine Board provided $300,000 in state boater funds, combined with $75,000 in Sport Fish Restoration funds (administered by ODFW) for a project total of $416,059. The facility also has a new pumpout and dump station for boaters to use.
The Marine Board staff appreciates all of the hard work and cooperation provided by the Park District staff, particularly Tammy Reid and Burrell Cooley.
OSMB also thanks the US Army Corps of Engineers for supporting the project and the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife and the US Fish & Wildlife Service who provided a substantial portion of the funds needed to build these boating facilities.
The US Fish & Wildlife Service provided federal Sport Fish Restoration funds that ODFW contributed. These funds come from federal taxes on motorboat fuel, boat motors, and fishing equipment, which are paid by boaters and anglers. The state funds contributed by the Marine Board come from state taxes on motorboat fuel and boat registrations paid by recreational boaters. So this facility is funded largely by the people who will continue to enjoy using it for years to come.
It’s time to go play on the Columbia River in Eastern Oregon!