As Confluence celebrates the 20th year since its founding, join us as we dedicate the newly refurbished Confluence Land Bridge! The improvements include new artworks by Lillian Pitt (Warm Springs) at the People Overlook, new name plates for Indigenous words for People, replaced historic panels, and new pathway pavers replacing deteriorated decomposed granite. The Land Bridge was designed by renowned architect Johnpaul Jones. We will also dedicate a tree planted in honor of our Founding Director Jane Jacobsen.
Thanks to the City of Vancouver, The Cowlitz Tribal Foundation Clark County Fund, The Price Foundation, Paul B. and Deborah D. Speer, Kurt Koenig and Barbara Kommer, and the Samuel S. Johnson Foundation. Thanks also to the many artisans and friends who worked to complete the project!
The ceremony will begin at 10:30 am just down the hill from the People Overlook on the north end of the Land Bridge. Sandwich boards will point the way. Please allow time to get there. We will begin gathering at 9:30 am. Parking is available in public lots along SE Columbia Way across from Old Apple Tree Park and along Fifth Street at the Fort Vancouver Historic Site.
Please note that construction has closed the intersection of Fifth Street and Ft. Vancouver Way. The best way to get to Fifth Street from Evergreen Blvd. and Mill Plain Blvd. is on Reserve Road on the east side of the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site. There is a map attached in the resource tab, as well as in the next photo slide.
A golf cart will be available for those with mobility issues on Fifth Street at the trail to the Land Bridge. A volunteer will drive people from the trailhead to the Land Bridge and back again when the ceremony is over.
If you couldn’t be there in person, you can watch here!