Our vision is world-class public access to Willamette Falls through an experience that honors the site's historical and cultural significance, repairs and conserves the natural habitat, and strengthens the regional economy.

 

Our Mission

Our mission is to champion and sustain a world-class Willamette Falls experience that offers year-round access to the grandeur of the Falls, historic and cultural interpretation, healthy habitat, public open spaces, and that showcases the hospitality of historic Oregon City.

History

In 2015, the Willamette Falls Legacy Project partners created Rediscover the Falls, a 501c(3) nonprofit organization to build friends and fundraise for the project. Rediscover the Falls' first assignment is to help make the riverwalk vision a reality. Over the past several years, thousands of Oregonians provided input into the project's values and scope.

Over the last year, RTF has been working in collaboration with the WFLP partners to ensure the public is well informed and engaged in the efforts to construct and complete the riverwalk project. The ultimate outcome of this engagement will be the launch of a major capital campaign designed to help bring critical experiential elements of the riverwalk to life. To lead this process, RTF has assembled a dynamic Board of Directors and hired an Executive Director. Together, the WFLP and RTF will ensure all Oregonians and visitors have access to a world-class experience of the majestic Willamette Falls while also enjoying the natural beauty of the mighty Willamette River.

Board of Directors

  • Chair, Alice Norris - Former Mayor of Oregon City and Past President of Willamette Falls Heritage Area Coalition
  • Vice-Chair, David Judd - Former Director of Vancouver/Clark County Parks and Recreation
  • Treasurer, Jonathan Stone - Executive Director, Downtown Oregon City Association
  • Secretary, Alexis Ingram - Donor Relations Manager, Oregon Humane Society
  • WFLP Liaison, Carlotta Collette - Metro Councilor
  • Jodi Bailey, Business Development, TerraFirma
  • Jim Desmond - Executive Director, The Nature Conservancy
  • Bob Hall - President and CEO, YMCA of Columbia-Willamette
  • Bob Tackett - Executive Secretary, NW Labor Council
  • Kent Ziegler - President, Oregon City Business Alliance

Staff

Shelly Parini - Executive Director
director@friendsofwflp.org
503-994-6800

About the Legacy Project

One of Oregon’s most spectacular natural treasures is on the brink of a new chapter. Willamette Falls is the second most powerful waterfall in North America and an important Oregon historical and cultural treasure.

For more than 150 years, the awe-inspiring beauty of Willamette Falls has been largely hidden from the public. Soon, it won’t be. After the Blue Heron Paper Co. in Oregon City closed its doors in 2011, a new era for the site began, providing the opportunity to connect people to Willamette Falls, restore healthy habitats, promote historic and cultural interpretation, and act as a catalyst for economic development in Oregon City and the region.

The Willamette Falls Legacy Project is a collaborative partnership between Oregon City, Clackamas County, Metro and the State of Oregon. Project partners are working with the site’s private owners, stakeholders and thousands of community members to bring people up close to the falls. The project’s plans include creating a public riverwalk alongside the Willamette River and key public infrastructure for vibrant downtown development.

With the completion of riverwalk design, the Willamette Falls Legacy Project is entering a new phase: design and engineering, with groundbreaking and construction scheduled to begin in 2018. The first phase of the riverwalk is expected to be completed in 2022.