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Latourette Park Core Team, with help from members of Oregon City-based Girl Scouts Troop 45064, among groups that have received funds from Metro

If you have a community project within Oregon City boundaries, you're encouraged to apply online to receive potential grants.

PHOTO BY: RAYMOND RENDLEMAN - The Latourette Park Core Team, with help from Girl Scouts Troop 45064, received a $25,000 enhancement grant last year to plan for Latourette Park revitalization.Applications for the Community Enhancement Grant Program (CEGP) are due by 5 p.m. on May 24 for projects beginning July 1, 2018, through June 30, 2019.

According to the call for proposals, Oregon City officials seek "to support critical neighborhood projects." Last year this program, formerly known as the Oregon City Metro Enhancement grant, awarded a total of $216,000 from funds generated by a $1-per-ton surcharge collected at the Metro South Transfer Station on Washington Street.

For example, the Latourette Park Core Team last year received an enhancement grant for $25,000 to undertake Phase 1 of the Latourette Park vision. In 2016, they received an initial $4,999 enhancement grant to create an implementation strategy to help plan for future investment in Latourette Park.

The public is encouraged to come to Oregon City's City Hall at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 24, to learn more about the concept plan for Latourette Park. Saturday, June 9, they will prepare the Nature Play site in the upper area by removing the asphalt through a depave.org program. Providence Health made a recent contribution of $1,000 toward the effort. You can register for the June 9 event by contacting Heidi McKay at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

McKay said that the group needs all the volunteers it can get for the next phase of the project.

"The Latourette Park revitalization concept has been two years of discussion, countless hours in meetings and responding to emails," she said. "The folks at the Oregon City Parks Department, along with the commitment from the Latourette Core team, has made it possible for us to finally come together and break ground!"

"My mom wants to change the park to make our neighborhood safer for me and my brother," said McKay's daughter, Lucy. "Sometimes it's annoying when she has so many night meetings but I know she is trying to make the tennis courts a place where we can actually play outside and not worry about cars."

Troop 45064 will be presenting applications to both CEGP and the Nike Community Impact Fund to help pay for Phase 2 of the park revitalization with a planned ADA ramp for accessibility in the upper portion, while the lower portion will be resurfaced for a full-size basketball court.

The total amount available for grants this year is $350,000, with maximum grant awards of $50,000. Make sure your project qualifies for the program online.

Once you've completed the application at this website, submit it with a cover letter to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. You can also mail or deliver your application to City Hall, 625 Center St., Oregon City OR 97045.

CEGP committee members, which include city commissioners and a Metro representative, will meet 5:30 p.m. June 21 at City Hall to review applications. Email Lori Bell with any questions, or call 503-974-5517.

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