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 2020. The first phase of the riverwalk is expected to be completed in 2022.