Tapteal Bend is a Tapteal Greenway property of approximately 6.7 acres located along the Yakima River in Richland. Restoration of the property is nearly complete after eight years of effort and we have moved into Phase 3 of the project. Our major native planting effort was finished up in late fall of 2009. Eradication of noxious and invasive plants is an ongoing effort. A two panel kiosk is located near the center of the property providing background on this project. Our greatest need for volunteers is to prune and trim the existing trails and water all the new plants. Please contact Scott (627-3621) if you can help.The Tapteal Greenway has also been stockpiling educational materials for use at this site that include water quality testing equipment, waders and PFDs, field guides and bug collecting gear. Our goal is to make this an environmental education park suitable for field trips and guided hikes. Feel free to visit and watch us develop the project. If you have ideas to help us enhance the park please use the Contact page.
Take the Van Giesen exit off of Highway 240 and proceed west, just before you cross the West Richland bridge there will be a pull out on the right side of the road into a small parking area. A large gate is at the bottom of the slope. Walk around the gate and proceed onto the Tapteal Bend property.There is also access from the north side of the property. From Van Giesen take Kingston Road north and turn left on Hyde Road. Hyde Road ends at the WDFW boat launch (WDFW access pass required if you park inside the boat launch boundary). Enter the Tapteal Bend property from the boat launch area.