The Port of Kennewick is the commercial district for the Tri-Cities region that also includes Pasco and Richland. It is also the heart of a productive agricultural area that produces wonderful wines, wheat, and fruit. The Port of Kennewick is surrounded by over 160 wineries. The Port of Kennewick offers a variety of shopping and entertainment opportunities for residents and visitors, and it has several parks. The 400-acre Columbia Park enjoys almost eight kilometers (five miles) of shoreline. In 2010, Kiplinger named the Port of Kennewick one of the ten best places to raise a family.
The Port of Kennewick has a semi-arid climate with hot dry summers and chilly winters. Temperatures in the Port of Kennewick range from an average high of 32°C (89°F) in July and August to an average low of -2°C (28°F) in January. The Port of Kennewick gets limited precipitation throughout the year, peaking at about 2.8 centimeters (one inch) in December and January and falling as low as 0.5 centimeters (.18 inches) in August. Snow comes to the Port of Kennewick from November through February, with as much as 11 centimeters (4.4 inches) falling in January. Humidity levels in the Port of Kennewick range from a low of 56% in July and August to a high of just over 80% from November through February.
The Sacagawea Heritage Trail spans 37 kilometers (23 miles) in the Tri-Cities area, passing through shrub-steppe habitat and through the Port of Kennewick near the waterfront. This educational and recreational trail commemorates the role of the only woman on the Lewis & Clark Expedition and the experiences of the Corps of Discovery in the mid-Columbia region. Used by pedestrians and cyclers, the Sacagawea Trail connects riverfront areas and public parks along the route.
Columbia Park in the Port of Kennewick offers over seven kilometers (4.5 miles) of shoreline on the Columbia River. In 1996, the Kennewick Man was discovered here. This Port of Kennewick park has boat launches, a family fishing pond, an aquatic playground, a train ride, a ropes course, and a band shell stage. Visitors will enjoy picnic shelters, barbecue facilities, an Audubon Natural area, a Frisbee golf course, and an 18-hole golf course at this Port of Kennewick facility.
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