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March 1, 2021

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Clark Asks: Waterworks Park query tops reader poll

By , Columbian Metro Editor

City water facilities at Waterworks Park are in the midst of a multiyear upgrade project that has turned part of the central Vancouver gathering spot into a construction zone.

The scope of that work — part of a $35 million to $40 million overhaul — has left reader Sara Morse of Vancouver wondering what’s in store for the recreational facilities at the park southeast of Fort Vancouver Way and East Fourth Plain Boulevard.

Morse posed this question to The Columbian’s Clark Asks feature, a special reporting project guided by readers and their interests.

Her question — “I’m curious what the future holds for Waterworks Park? Will the amphitheater ever be utilized again?” — received 63 percent support in a recent voting round to become the next Clark Asks story to be pursued by The Columbian’s reporting staff.

The question outpolled these questions: “Why is the I-5 onramp in downtown Vancouver metered in the middle of the day?” from an anonymous reader and, “How did Vancouver come to have a Henrietta Lacks High School?” from Martha Hager of Vancouver.

If you supported one of the other questions, don’t despair. Winning the voting round only means that it gets first priority for reporting.

Reporter Patty Hastings most recently answered a question from Lauren Smith about a community mural at Northeast Covington Road and Northeast Fourth Plain Boulevard in Orchards depicting local life in the early 1900s. In her reporting, she even tracked down descendants of some of the people depicted in the work.

We’ve also answered a question about whether you can fish from the new Grant Street Pier at Vancouver Waterfront Park, explained why so many parts of the Vancouver area have “Plain” in their names, and found out what’s in store for a large and unsightly tarp-covered sign at the site of a former Fred Meyer at East Fourth Plain and Grand boulevards in Vancouver.

All of those questions came from our readers.

We’re always on the lookout for new ideas. Swing by the Clark Asks page and offer up your own question about a place, person or issue in Clark County that mystifies or intrigues you.

Is there something that you’ve always wondered about? Clark Asks is your chance to get the answers.