Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Hanford Reach Interpretive Center (REACH)?
The REACH is a project of the Richland Public Facilities District (PFD). Once completed, the facility will feature exhibitions and programs that celebrate the region’s history and culture.
The REACH will offer two exhibition galleries, classroom space, places for community activities and celebrations, a store and a café, and educational displays inside and out, that tell the stories of the Mid-Columbia region. The building will be situated at the west on of Columbia Park West, located in Richland, WA.
What is a PFD?
The Washington legislature created public facilities districts to build regional projects. Each PFD in the state receives 0.33% of every dollar generated by sales tax in its city or county. PFDs are operated by a board of directors appointed by their governmental partners, who then decide which local projects receive funding.
Who is paying to develop The Reach?
Major funding is provided by the Richland Public Facilities District (RPFD) through a percentage of Washington State sales tax revenues. The City of Richland provides support through its hotel/motel taxes in addition to in-kind support as a partner with the Public Facilities District. The Benton County PFD also contributes funds to the project. PFD funds are being leveraged with federal, state, local, and private funds to construct and operate the facility. Funding to operate the facility will come from admission fees, memberships, event rentals, programs, gift shop and café revenues, and fundraising.
How can I help support The Reach?
We welcome your support through financial contributions, in-kind donations and volunteerism. Please join us in helping our partners raise additional funds from the local community to support capital construction, an endowment, and education programs. Funds also may be donated to support exhibits and cultural, environmental, and artistic events. Please get in touch with us through our Facebook or call us at (509) 943-4100.