Ilwaco reborn

Ilwaco's Independence Day weekend fireworks illuminate a port and town that are in the midst of a major renaissance, with new streets, galleries, award-winning restaurants and other attractions. TIMM COLLINS photo

One of Pacific County's prettiest towns well deserves the praise that has been heaped on it. Ilwaco has long played host to visitors from all over who come to enjoy prime fishing and wonderful hospitality.

The Port of Ilwaco is reborn with remarkable new buildings and life. Meanwhile, the town in 2003 completed a major redesign of key streets.

The local high school, as well as Ocean Beach Hospital and one of the Peninsula's two public libraries, also are located in Ilwaco. At the end of Spruce Street is the City Park with a playground, day-use picnic facilities, tennis court, basketball court and a grass field. It hosts many Peninsula activities, including the annual all-class Ilwaco High School reunion each August.

The amazing professional Ilwaco Heritage Museum offers first-rate insights into our colorful past.

A beautiful new park at Black Lake includes many recreational facilities. Other attractions in town include the working port, a fine historical museum, some top restaurants and interesting stores.

A local group is nurturing the Peninsula's creative energy with a new River City School of Arts, 642-8707, offering a wide range of interesting courses in an historic building.

Colbert House, a state historic landmark, gives a glimpse of 19th century life. It is located at Spruce and Quaker streets.

For more information, call City Hall at 642-3145.

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