The creek is flowing, the amphitheater seats are in place, and the fun fundraiser is scheduled for Sunday, March 27.
The final phase of Wade Creek Park is taking shape, and the city plans to celebrate the new community recreation area this summer.
“We are planning a grand opening in mid-July,” said Acting City Manager Melanie Wagner.
“I’m really excited about this and can’t wait for people to use it,” Parks and Recreation Commission member and former Estacada mayor Brent Dodrill said of Phase 3 of the park at the 747 NW Wade St.
One of the features rising at the north end of Phase 3 of the park is a community hall with a stage and amphitheater seating. The concrete courses and foundations of the building have been poured.
Dodrill said he’s excited for the park’s summer opening so that this year’s revived concert series can take place in the park’s new amphitheater.
The new park will be more natural and will feature several trails and boardwalks. All features will be accessible to people with disabilities, Wagner said.
The creek that replaced the famous duck pond flows freely, creating a gurgle resting on the site that surrounds the Estacada Library.
Although some people mourned the loss of the pond and worried about the resident ducks, Jennifer D’Avanzo, landscape architect at GreenWorks, said the change will bring “more amphibians and different types of birds.”
The creek is a more natural feature, anyway. The site initially housed a stream, and between 1965 and 1972 it was turned into a pond.
Recent heavy rains have tested the area which has been inundated in recent years, at times flooding the library. But Wagner said the design was made so the creek could safely overflow during heavy rains.
The final phase of the park joins earlier projects across the newly restored creek. There are already play structures, horseshoe pitches, a sand volleyball court, picnic areas, restrooms, and a 10,000 square foot skate park.
A fun 1K and 5K run and walk are scheduled for 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 27 to raise funds to complete the project.
The race will take place at Fred Campanella Memorial City Park, 1560 N. Broadway St.
Children can participate for free and adults will have to pay $15 to participate.
The Ford Family Foundation offered a matching grant for all local donations, including the run/walk. The foundation matches all local donations up to $200,000 and so far the community has donated $109,000 in eligible matching funds.
Dodrill stressed that donations are still being sought and will be matched for people who do not want to participate in the run/walk or want to make a larger donation.
Register for the March 27 run/walk at sprintintospring.tixsimple.com/.
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