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The CGWA is delighted to announce our recent acquisition of Swell City.

CGWA Board President, Mike Schock and Executive Director, Greg Stiegel celebrate the purchase at Swell City directly after signing the paperwork on Monday, April 21st.

CGWA Board President, Mike Schock and Executive Director, Greg Stiegel celebrate the purchase at Swell City directly after signing the paperwork on Monday, April 21st.

 

Through an interesting turn of events, the private owners of the historical and popular windsurfing launch, Swell City (located just west of The Hatchery), wanted to sell the one acre parcel of land, and the CGWA jumped at the chance.  The CGWA Board of Directors carefully weighed and deliberated on all aspects of the purchase over the past couple of months.  This process culminated at our April 17th board meeting, with input from several current Swell City users. The CGWA board of directors unanimously voted in favor of the purchase.  CGWA Executive Director, Greg Stiegel, signed the paperwork on April 21st, Monday afternoon and the purchase was officially submitted Tuesday afternoon.

The CGWA was able to use funds acquired by the Doug’s Beach settlement with BNSF railroad for this purchase.  This restricted fund was given to the CGWA by BNSF when the railway expanded its siding at Doug’s Beach.  The money must be spent on “site access improvement,” and has an expiration date in 2016.

The CGWA is excited to continue to be a part of Gorge Windsurfing history and especially to preserve Swell City as a premier windsurfing launch in the Gorge for years to come.  While a long term strategic plan for the site has not been decided, our short term goals include working with current site manager, Brenda Yeatts, in operating the site as it has been for the 2014 Gorge Windsurfing season.  We are excited to get to know our Swell City constituency better and for a great summer!

If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions on Swell City, please don’t hesitate to contact us at cgwa@gorge.net

 

To help support our efforts in river access improvements and all things Gorge Windsurfing, please consider joining the CGWA membership community here, or making an additional contribution, here.  Every bit helps!

 

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