The last section available for public access along the Wenatchee River is on the waterfront of the old Peshastin Mill Site, and a deal to keep it that way is officially complete.
Bob Parlette with the Complete The Loop Coalition said deeds were recorded last week transferring the property to Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife. The public trails group and Trout Unlimited of Leavenworth gifted the 14 acres of waterfront to Fish and Wildlife, so that it would remain open to the public for fishing, hiking, and non motorized use in perpetuity.
The two groups raised over $450 thousand in private donations to purchase the property from the Leavenworth residents, Bill and Jenny Goebel in 2016
The Goebel’s had also purchased the other 50 acres of the 64 acres mill site in 2015 for approximately $1.6 million after the Port Of Chelan County abandoned plans to develop a business park on the property. The Goebel’s have expressed interest in developing their part of the property into a wine production facility, an incubator for businesses in the arts and a community recreation element, possibly ball fields.