Port of Hood River Commission Votes Against Cable Park
By a 4-1 vote.
By a four-to-one vote, the Port of Hood River Commission decided not to enter into lease negotiations with Naito Development for a cable park in the Nichols Boat Basin. Port Commissioners all felt there were compelling arguments for establishing a cable park in the basin, but in the end the majority agreed with Commission Chair Jon Davies that it just was not a good fit for the boat basin and the community, and didn’t fit with an overall vision for the basin and the waterfront. Fred Duckwall was the lone supporter of moving ahead with lease negotiations, saying the cable park would have fit the Port’s economic development mission and enhanced recreational opportunities. The Port Commission did thank Naito Development for putting the proposal forward, adding their support for a proposed hotel at the south end of the Nichols Basin. In his remarks, Davies was critical of the group Friends of the Hood River Waterfront, who have opposed both the hotel and the cable park, saying their legal actions have not benefitted anyone and gone around both Port and City of Hood River processes.