Clover Island Lighthouse & Plaza

project photo: clover island landscape architecture


Clover Island, located in southeastern Washington and owned by the Port of Kennewick, consisted of left-behind, old concrete but also a view of the 3,500 foot Rattlesnake Mountain. As a way to improve the economy of the island, the Port of Kennewick developed a master plan which identified a desire to build a lighthouse and a public plaza.

Landscape Architects provided site, landscape and irrigation design for the plaza areas surrounding the lighthouse and entry gateway feature entering the island.  PBS* detailed all architectural elements from hardscape, retaining walls and site elements.

While in the process of permitting the shoreline restoration work, PBS developed concepts and plans for the gateway, lighthouse and plaza. The design of the lighthouse centered around two things – 1) Sturdy and permanent construction; and 2) A historical design yet also responded to the unique geographic location and incorporated original features.

Special consideration was taken to protect the environmentally-sensitive shoreline. Bioengineering methods were set in place to contain erosive action from the river’s current. An intense native planting approach encouraged protection of habitat. Proposed site features were installed with a new lighting network and signage system that explains some of the key cultural aspects of the island.

Scope of Services:

  • Concept Planning
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Civil Engineering

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* Project performed through HDJ – A Division of PBS