Murdock Trust grant to help fund water feature at new waterfront park

The first tenant to officially commit to an office space at Vancouver’s waterfront development is investing more than a half-million dollars to help beautify the new Vancouver Waterfront Park.

On Wednesday, the Parks Foundation of Clark County announced it has received a $650,000 grant from MJ Murdock Charitable Trust to help fund construction of a water feature at the park.

The Trust will occupy 18,000 square feet of space on the top two floors of the waterfront’s first constructed office and retail building at 305 Columbia Way, also known as Block 6.

Designed by acclaimed artist Larry Kirkland, the water feature will be located near the soon-to-be-constructed Grant Street Pier, and will feature art, science and history in motion, depicting the Columbia River watershed. The project will provide an interactive place to play as well as learn and contemplate the enormity of the Columbia River.

“The Parks Foundation’s mission is to raise funds to support parks, trails and recreation programs throughout Clark County,” said Parks Foundation Executive Director Temple Lentz. “We are thrilled with the Murdock Trust’s belief in this project and how it will enrich life for all of us here in the area. The Waterfront Park project will change the face of Southwest Washington, and the water feature will more closely connect all of us with the source of our strength, the Columbia River.”

The $650,000 grant marks the largest grant ever received by the Parks Foundation, and the largest public works/public art project the Murdock Trust has awarded.