W.E. Johnson Park

W.E. Johnson Park is a Natural Open Space park manged by the City of Richland in partership with Tapteal Greenway. The Tapteal Trail connects W.E. Johnson Park with the Chamna Natural Preserve and Bateman Island. In 2014 the Tapteal Trail began its journey northwest out of WEJ to Horn Rapids Park (Benton County) at the “Horn” of the Yakima River.

W.E. Johnson Park was named after Wilfred E. Johnson in 1977. He served as the General Manager of the Hanford Atomic Product Operation and as a member of the Atomic Energy Commision at a national level. He also was a member of the Richland City Council.

In accordance with the City of Richland Comprehensive Plan W.E. Johnson Park  is designated as Natural Open Space.  The park is presently used exclusively for recreational activities. Activities occurring in the park include fishing, mountain biking, archery, horseback riding, walking, education, bird watching, and nature observation.

WEJ is a habitat and wildlife corridor. These are natural open spaces that connect ecologically important environments, allowing habitat connectivity and facilitating movement of wildlife.

WEJ is prime example of the foresight to realize that for some lands, the value is realized by development; other lands are more valuable in their natural state. We are grateful for the preservation of this natural open space as a legacy gift for the public to preserve, promote and enjoy.