City of Richland
City of Richland
Looking for a place where you can stroll along the Columbia River, enjoy an outdoor concert or find an imaginative playground for your youngsters? Would you enjoy visiting a community that offers fishing, boating and water skiing opportunities as well as antique shops and wineries? How about a vacation destination with a symphony, ballet and jetsprint boat racing? If any of these appeal to your sense of leisure-time fun, sports or entertainment, you'll want to plan your next outing, trip or vacation in Richland. This city of 49,090 residents is also home to three community theater troupes, medieval renaissance and folklife festivals, and a classic car and street rod event. Richland offers you steelhead fishing, beautiful and challenging golf courses, a self-guided walking tour of the National Historic Register's "Gold Coast Neighborhood" with its "Alphabet Homes" and several places that commemorate Lewis and Clark's Corps of Discovery. Richland's waterfront offers a marina, docks/piers, and a five-mile paved trail for walking, jogging, biking, rollerblading and stroller pushing, as well as restaurants and hotels with a view. A new skateboard park, the Columbia River Exhibition of History, Science and Technology Museum, and the Three Rivers Arts & Entertainment District also await you in Richland. All this and sunshine, too! Come visit Richland. www.ci.richland.wa.us (Re-printed from The Tri-Cities Visitor and Convention Bureau 2013)
Brief History of Richland, Washington
Richland's first settlement appeared in 1863, and it was originally incorporated in 1910 with a population of 240. Richland started out as a small farming community, but the population boomed from about 1,500 to more than 51,00 residents in 1943 when the government built the country’s first nuclear reactor on the Hanford Site. Richland was maintained as a government town until 1958 when it was incorporated into the city it is today. The Hanford Site continues to play a major role in the Tri-Cities economy and is also a huge partner in the science and technology communities worldwide. The Hanford Reach is the last free-flowing stretch of the Columbia River in the United States and was designated as a National Monument by President Clinton. Currently underway, is the development of a Hanford Reach National Monument Visitor and Heritage Center located near Columbia Point Park at the Gateway of the Hanford Reach.
Richland now has a more diverse economy, which includes a strong business base as well as energy and agricultural industries. It also plays a leading role in the science and technology community worldwide.
Richland, Washington Recreation
Whether it's outdoor activities or indoor cultural event you seek, Richland has much to offer. Each year residents look for to a variety of summer events in addition to monthly orchestra performances. There's fine dining and a family restaurants available, after which one can enjoy a number of activities from dancing to sports, a movie or shopping or even a relaxing walk in one of Richland's 46 beautiful city parks
Everything combines to make Richland an amazing city in the heart of Mid-Columbia region.
- Columbia River Exhibition of History, Science and Technology (CREHST) museum for hands-on demonstration activities, ranging from archeology to Nano science.
- LIGO Hanford Observatory LIGO seeks to open a new window on the universe using the world's largest laser interferometers. Cutting-edge science and engineering fuel the Observatory's quest to measure the faint ripples of gravitational waves.
- The Hanford Reach Interpretive Center (REACH) will be the preeminent showcase for advancing our understanding of the unique forces of Man and Nature that shape the Pacific Northwest from the Ice Age Floods to the Manhattan Project and beyond.
- Richland Players Theatre The vision that created the Richland Players in 1944 to bring music and laughter to an isolated community, and opportunities for local citizens to directly participate, continues today.
- The Academy of Children's Theatre provides educational opportunities in the theatre arts for young people of all abilities and levels of interest with a unique mission to provide theatre experiences for and by the youth of the greater Mid-Columbia.
- Mid-Columbia Ballet As Southeastern Washington's prestigious dance company, the Mid-Columbia Ballet (MCB) presents three dance performances throughout the year. In addition to the traditional holiday Nutcracker performances, MCB also presents a children?s ballet and an evening of exciting dance in the spring.
- Mid-Columbia Mastersingers Premier regional 40-voice choral ensemble presents outstanding classical vocal performances of the highest level of choral music, representative of all styles and periods.
- Mid-Columbia Symphony The Symphony performs live classical and popular music for Mid-Columbia residents. This season, the Symphony's 61st year, features four concerts offering a variety of enriching entertainment and cultural experiences.
- Ye Merrie Greenwood Players A versatile traveling company, producers of Ye Merrie Greenwood Renaissance Faire in June along with interactive original mysteries, school programs, English Country dancing, singing, story telling, live chess, etc.
- Columbia River Journeys Escape civilization on a jet boat tour of the scenic and historic Hanford Reach, the last free-flowing section of the mighty Columbia River. View coyotes, giant white pelicans, deer and more in this unspoiled natural sanctuary. Fun for all ages.
- Market at the Parkway-Richland Farmers' Market A farmers' and artisan market taking place in the Richland Parkway. Open Fridays 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., June through September.
Richland, Washington Education
Educational opportunities are excellent with in the Richland school district, with local students scoring at or near the top academically when compared to other students around the state in the nation. The Washington state University at Tri-Cities is located on the banks of the beautiful Columbia River in North Richland, and offers advanced educational opportunities to the entire region.
- Washington State University Tri-Cities the only public four-year university in south central Washington, provides students with the benefits of a Tier 1 and a PAC 10 university: research, internship, and community service opportunities, as well as classes taught by outstanding faculty. WSU Tri-Cities offers world-class education in the eight academic areas of Agriculture, Business, Computer Science, Education, Engineering, Liberal Arts, Nursing, and Sciences. The campus graduates students in 17 baccalaureate, 14 masters, and 5 doctoral degree programs.
- Richland, Washington School District
- Richland School District Report Card Discover how well the Richland School District compard to other Washington State Schools. Report Card also has tools to compare individual Richland school rankings.