WENATCHEE, WA.-A lot of water has flowed through Rocky Reach Dam since its construction over 50 years ago. The Dam’s visitor center was created in 1962 to help tell the story of the Columbia River and Hydroelectric power. The story hasn’t changed over the years but the way its being told is evolving starting with the renaming of the visitors center to the Rocky Reach Discovery Center. Steve Hair reports . . .
Casey Hall, project manager, said taking a long-term view in planning revealed areas needing focus so the 1960s-era center will be viable over the next 50 years.
A new entry, café improvements and display space are proposed to maximize exhibits that will be moved from the powerhouse museum and presented with a new, interactive storyline.
Commissioners will be asked to approve adding $876,000 to the project at the April 29 meeting. Funds for the total proposal of $5.8 million would come from a mix of Public Power Benefit, capital and operations and maintenance budgets.