Cape Disappointment State Park
Located at the southwestern most corner of Washington State where the mouth of the Columbia River meets the Pacific Ocean, Cape Disappointment is a historically significant state park where Lewis and Clark ended their long journey to the sea in 1805. The complete redevelopment of the parks core services and visitation area envisions the celebration of multiple layers of natural, historical and cultural elements of the park while exploring opportunities for revenue generation to make the park more self-sustaining. The plan effectively intertwines a highly complex program and site with the natural and historic features of the park such as remnant building footprints and relics from Fort Canby, O’Neil Lake, Baker Bay and Waikiki Beach. An interpretive promenade on a high bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean extends the educational story of this spectacular native 1,882 acre landscape and Lewis and Clark’s journey featured in the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center. Trail system and park elements connect and incorporate art works by Maya Lin commemorating the native peoples of the region and pay tribute to the Lewis and Clark Centennial.
Cape Disappointment State Park improvements included master planning, design guidelines, and design through implementation for the redevelopment of the core visitation areas of the park. Elements include administration facilities, maintenance facilities, vehicular circulation, pedestrian trail system, concessions, rental cabins, amphitheater, RV campgrounds, entry stations, and promenade and overlook at the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center. Jennifer* provided master planning, design, permit assistance, project management, construction documents and construction support for this project.
*While principal with another firm
Client: Washington State Parks & Recreation Commission
Location: Ilwaco. Washington