Walla Walla 2020 (WW2020): Our Focus Areas and Major Accomplishments to Date
We have seen great progress in our downtown, which has been rehabilitated, and has begun the renovation and reuse of second story space, an active farmer’s market, and a variety of public art—all goals WW2020 has worked toward, along with others. Major national awards have been received, and more historic buildings and homes are being restored, as well as being honored by handsome plaques provided by WW2020, together with WW2020 research reports establishing the buildings’ history. Our periodic architectural awards have made a contribution to this renewal and blossoming process, honoring the restoration or renovation and reuse of historic buildings, compatible new construction, outstanding examples of energy conservation, landscaping, and public art. Recent progress has also been made through WW2020’s leadership in partnership with the Downtown Foundation in achieving Certified Local Government (CLG) status for the city of Walla Walla, and the establishment of a Walla Walla Historic Preservation Commission.
- Farmers Market promoted and supported.
- Annual Architecture Awards competition for historical preservation, compatible new construction, energy efficiency, water efficiency, and landscaping and public art.
- Trailhead/Heritage park proposed and established.
- Liberty Theater reuse promoted.
- Second story mannequin project organized and begun.
- Downtown Walla Walla Foundation supported through membership, promotion of streetscape improvements and participation in Downtown activities.
A more open and democratic economic development program led by the Port of Walla Walla has been established, thanks to WW2020’s advocacy, including its White Paper on Economic Development, and some progress has been made on growth management and the control of sprawl through adoption of a new county comprehensive plan under the Growth Management Act resulting from pressure from WW2020 and Citizens for Good Governance, though much remains to be done to protect Walla Walla’s open space and natural resources from continuing degradation. In 2003, WW2020 served as the non-profit sponsor of the Northwest Festival of Jazz and Wine to assist in promoting the area’s wine industry as well as its art.
- White Paper on Economic Development published.
- Restructuring of Community Economic Development efforts proposed and realized.
- White Paper on Walla Walla county Growth Management published.
- Local Growth Management Act implementation promoted and monitored.
- Subdivision proposals monitored to protect farmlands and open space and to promote efficient development.
We are now a community that recycles and has programs in place to reduce waste, thanks to an initial system of neighborhood recycling stations begun by WW2020, a county recycling and waste reduction committee and office established through WW2020’s leadership, a household hazardous waste facility, and curbside recycling throughout the city of Walla Walla. We have worked independently and with the County and City on waste reduction and recycling projects.
- County Recycling and Waste Reduction Committee proposed and established.
- Department of Ecology grant obtained to establish County Recycling Office.
- Neighborhood Recycling Stations program designed and established.
- Curbside recycling promoted.
- Reusable shopping bags introduced and promoted.
- Conducting Build a Green Walla Walla Project.
- Conducting $mart Business Partners Program.
We now have bicycle lanes on a number of streets, a city bicycle-pedestrian advisory committee established at WW2020’s request, new bike and pedestrian trails at Fort Walla Walla and along Highway 12, bicycle and walkers maps, and Walla Walla’s first Bicycle-Pedestrian Master Plan. WW2020 has also been represented in intercity transit activities. Bus service to connect Walla Walla with the Greyhound depot at the intermodal center in the Tri-Cities has been provided by contract with a private carrier through state grant funds following the discontinuance of Greyhound service here.
- City Bicycle-Pedestrian Advisory Committee proposed and established.
- Walkers map of Walla Walla area created and distributed.
- Walla Walla Trail project organized, federal, state and local funding obtained, new bicycle-pedestrian trail facilities constructed.
- ISTEA grant promoted and obtained to establish bicycle lanes on city streets.
- Bus service to connect Walla Walla with the Greyhound depot at the intermodal center in the Tri-Cities.
The community has renewed its commitment to trees and landscaping, with many new tree planting projects undertaken by WW2020 and others, a city urban forestry commission established at WW2020’s request, a parking lot landscaping ordinance developed by WW2020, three new park areas—Heritage, Xeriscape and Fort Walla Walla Trail—established through our initiatives and fundraising, as well as Walla Walla’s being officially recognized as a Tree City USA.
- Mill Creek Recreation Trail tree planting and maintenance, Tausick Way to Eastgate Lions Park.
- Xeriscape demonstration park at Rose and Isaacs established and maintained.
- Memorial Park/Highway 12 tree planting and maintenance.
- Eastgate tree planting promoted, including Eastgate Marketplace and K-Mart.
- Arbor Week activities organized and promoted.
- Earth Day activities organized and promoted.
- Walla Walla High School tree nursery proposed and established.
- Tausick Way landfill habitat and reclamation promoted.
- Expansion of city street tree program proposed and established.
- City zoning code enhancements for landscaping of developments and parking lots, proposed and established.
- City Water Resources Committee proposed and established.
- Fort Walla Walla recreation path and urban forest proposed and established.
- City Urban Forestry Commission proposed and established.
- Live Christmas Tree program promoted.