Park district — The former Newberg city engineer has served on the park board since 2003; applications to fill vacancy due Jan. 17

Although it will be difficult for Larry Anderson to replicate the feeling he gets from watching the faces of families light up when they are told a new park will be installed in their neighborhood, the Chehalem Park and Recreation District board member has decided to resign effective at the end of the year.

“It’s such a cool thing being on the board and the things they do,” Anderson said. “I’ve been there a long time and am ready to move on and leave that opportunity for somebody else.”

Anderson has served on the board since 2003 and resigned in 2011 when it appeared a qualified candidate would replace him, but stayed on after it was discovered the candidate was ineligible to serve.

A resident of Newberg since 1985, Anderson managed the city’s engineering department for 15 years before founding his own consulting firm, Larry Anderson Engineering Inc., in 2000.

One of the reasons he cited for stepping down has been he and his family’s desire to relocate to McMinnville, where the majority of his work has been over the past 10 years. He said the business will continue to be based in Newberg as work here has begun to pick up recently, which presents problems of its own.

“I find myself in conflicts quite often in my business when we’re doing residential work and also for some commercial work,” Anderson said. “We’re dealing with the park district and there’s no problem with that, but I usually have to declare a conflict and step out of the discussion. I’m really not serving my client as well or the park district. As things are picking up that’s going to happen more often.”

Anderson said he will especially miss the long-tenured and dedicated staff at the CPRD, who have helped make his job as a board member easier. For instance, the district’s reputation is so good that donations of land seem to just keeping rolling in, effectively building the district up through already established momentum.

“You’re not making tough decisions, but instead good things happen all the time,” he said. “There are so many things coming up — the property on Parrett Mountain, the trails, another phase of the golf course, hopefully — and all of those things are, from my perspective as an engineer, very rewarding because we get so many of those things done.”

According to CPRD public information officer Kat Ricker, the board expects to appoint a replacement at its Jan. 23 meeting. Those interested in applying for the position, for which the term ends in 2015, must submit an application by noon Jan. 17 and can call 503-554-0283 for more information. Applications are available online at

“If I had all the time in the world and no work to do, I would stay on the board as long as they would keep me,” Anderson said. “It’s a rewarding thing to do, which is why there are so many good people who would like that same opportunity.”

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