Grant money will pay for new 2.5-acre park at Seely Lane with covered pavilion, marking one of four developed recreational sites in Scappoose

SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: COURTNEY VAUGHN - A new park in Scappoose will be developed thanks to a $450,000 grant the city got. The park will be one of four developed parks in the city.

A $450,000 state grant will allow Scappoose to develop its fourth proper city park.

The city was notified Thursday, June 22, that it was awarded an Oregon Parks and Recreation grant, Scappoose City Manager Michael Sykes said Monday.

The grant will pay for improvements like a pavilion, parking spots, and restrooms at the property the city owns.

Just across from the Creekside Apartments on Fourth Street, a gargantuan oak tree looms over a two and a half-acre empty field.

It's within view of Veterans Park, the city's largest developed recreational spot, which includes the only dog park.

The new park will add to the city's parks inventory, which is lacking according to state recommendations. During the city's annual town hall meeting, residents were polled on the most pressing priorities for Scappoose. Along with housing, parks ranked high on the city's needs list.

A parks survey report issued by the city found 44 percent of respondents asked for more trails and 28 percent said the city should acquire land for future parks. The survey showed most people who responded listed a community center with swimming pool as the top priority.

Plans for the as yet unnamed park were called out in the city's parks master plan, which included existing and potential future parks, but plans for the empty land could not be finalized without the grant money.

This will mark the city's fourth developed park.

"We're going to build a covered pavilion big enough for about 100 people," Sykes said. "This will be perfect for weddings, or class reunions or other events."

The $450,000 grant will pay for most of the improvements needed to bring the site up to a developed park, but Scappoose will likely also rely on in-kind work for other amenities.

"Some of the trails we're going to build ourselves," Sykes noted.

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