Putting Community First

Teamwork Counts. Leadership Matters.

For over thirty years, Thomas Moak has been working to improve our Tri-Cities community as a volunteer community leader and elected public policy maker. As an elected leader with the Port, he has been instrumental in creating and furthering the multiple partnerships and visionary leadership that sets the Port of Kennewick apart. From creating a rejuvenated Kennewick waterfront tied to historic Downtown Kennewick, to establishing an exciting community-driven urban village underway at Vista Field in the heart of the commercial and entertainment centers of the Tri-Cities, Thomas Moak has been a powerful advocate and enthusiastic collaborator.

Please vote to re-elect Thomas Moak as your Port Commissioner.

Notable Achievements

Art

  • Port of Kennewick is the first and only Tri-Cities local government to adopt a “percent for the arts” program for port land sales.
  • Through several partnerships, the Port created major art installations on Clover Island and in the Columbia Gardens Wine and Artisan Village.
  • Supporter of selling Vista Field land to the Arts Center Task Force for the purpose of development of the Vista Arts Center.

Awards

  • The Port’s outstanding work has been recognized by the Governor and his Department of Commerce for Smart Partnerships for both the Columbia Gardens and Vista Field Plans.

Boating

  • Improved Boat launch on Clover Island with amenities that include a restroom, picnic area, paved parking, and a boat repair yard.

Community Partnerships

  • Supported partnership with the City of Richland that developed an enhanced 76-stall parking lot for the popular Badger Mountain Trail.
  • Supported partnership with the City of West Richland to develop Gateway Park at the eastern entrance to West Richland on Van Giesen Street.
  • Supported partnership with Fire District 4 of West Richland to enable the fire district to build a new station in West Richland.

Corps of Engineers

  • In 2019 the Corps of Engineers agreed to spend over $3 Million on a project to restore habitat on the north shore of Clover Island and improve recreational opportunities.

Downtown Kennewick

  • Port’s representative to the Historic Downtown Kennewick Partnership for five years leading to closer ties among the City, the Port, and the Partnership.

Fiscal Stewardship

  • Part of a governmental agency with over 20 consecutive years of clean state audits.
  • While working on multiple large projects, the Port has not asked the public to increase taxes to pay for these projects.

In the words of Thomas Moak…

Vista Field

Community-Driven Urban Village

Today, Vista Field means to me something a lot more than a former airfield, much more than just another building project, and certainly much more than a real estate transaction.

For me, Vista Field is a vision of a community transformed. It is a 103-acre mixed-use development with impressive community participation smack dab in the middle of the Tri-Cities’ commercial and entertainment center. It is a walkable, bikeable, drivable neighborhood centered on the Vista Arts Center, which will be built by a private community-led committee. And Vista Field development is now underway. The Port just awarded a $5 million contract for the first phase of infrastructure that will be completed in early 2020, and then development on some 20 acres can begin.

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Riverfront Development

Bring Back the Magic of the River

I have been in communities throughout the country who would die to have rivers like the Columbia, Yakima, and the Snake run through them. The Tri-Cities is very fortunate in many ways to be located on these great rivers and the Port of Kennewick is indeed blessed to have its headquarters on Clover Island along the great Columbia.

As a volunteer, I was a part of the original “Bridge to Bridge, River to Rails” project in Kennewick in the early 2000s where we talked about and planned to “Bring Back the Magic of the River”. This was a great project in community participation and really began to focus the attention of the community on how we had turned our backs on our river and what we could do about it. While that plan itself never came to fruition, the idea never left many of us that we could do more with our river.

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