Historic Downtown Chelan sidewalks haven’t been upgraded since 1983. In addition to crumbling and uneven sidewalks, today’s environment of enjoying the outdoors as much as possible has changed the way downtowns thrive. The Historic Downtown Chelan Revitalization Project will upgrade and widen sidewalks, update antiquated light poles and infrastructure and create a cohesiveness to downtown amenities and parking.
Public presentation on November 1, 2021 to show latest concepts!
When: November 1, 2021
Where: Campbell’s Centennial Room and on Zoom
Zoom: Meeting ID: 885 903 4523 / Passcode: historic or click here.
Woodin Ave Landing Charm Program
Secure your piece of local history on the Woodin Avenue Landing fence. Custom etched charms line the railings leading down to the water with your commemorative messages. All proceeds raised as part of the Charm Program will go towards our future downtown improvements and restoration projects.
Click HERE for more information or to purchase your charm.
Woodin Ave Landing
The HDCA Design Committee spent several years working with local architects to develop a conceptual plan for the space between the old bridge and Campbell’s. Their goal was to create a more inviting space that gives locals and visitors better access to the PUD dock and lake.
In 2017, the HDCA presented the design to the City of Chelan, who committed $75,000 to jump start the project. Over the summer of 2017, fundraising efforts resulted in an additional $55,000. In the spring of 2018, the Chelan County PUD contributed $40,000.
With the help of our amazing community, the Woodin Avenue Landing project was completed in 2019 and is a beautiful addition to downtown Chelan for locals and visitors to enjoy.
Downtown Electrical Box Wraps
The HDCA Design Committee had a goal of making the large electrical boxes
on the corner of Johnson and Columbia “disappear”! With the approval of the City and the DOT, we moved forward with the electrical wraps in summer of 2016. The wrap made a huge difference and was very successful in making the electrical boxes blend in.
We completed our second electrical box wrap in December 2017. The historical features can take you back in time as you reflect on historical photos and notes from the past. You can finds the electrical box wrap on the corner of Woodin Ave. and Sanders.
A huge thank you to Chelan Printing and Custom Signs for donating their design talents and time to both of these projects!
Each year, on the day after Thanksgiving, historic downtown Chelan shines as thousands of holiday lights are turned on to illuminate the Christmas tree and sidewalks of our small town.
If you’d like to be a member of our lighting committee, please call or email.
Each summer, the HDCA purchases the 50+ stunning flower baskets you see as you stroll through historic downtown Chelan. These stunning baskets wouldn’t be around very long if it were not for the great partnership with have with the City of Chelan’s Park Department – who handles the daily watering throughout our long hot summers!
In partnership with the Lake Chelan Historical Society, the HDCA has created the first eight stops on a downtown historical walking tour. We’ve highlighted four old buildings with a plaque showcasing an old photo of the building along with a historical story of the building. We have four additional stops that include a digital component. Visitors are able to scan the QR code provided to see an old photo of the building along with the story of that building. The HDCA has really enjoyed the partnership with the Historical Society and has a goal of creating even more stops on our downtown historical walking tour!