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Public invited to Piazza Villebois ceremony

Villebois developer and master planner, Costa Pacific Communities, announces a public dedication event of Villebois’ newest “outdoor living space,” Piazza Villebois.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony is scheduled in the park at the corner of SW Barber Street and SW Villebois Drive on Thursday, Oct. 3, from 3 to 6 p.m.

The park features a European-style fountain, cobblestone gathering space for concerts, parties and social gatherings, a shelter, bocce ball courts and a children’s maze. Five legacy trees were preserved on the site.

A bronze plaque, commemorating the site of the former Dammasch State Hospital, is also included in the piazza. The hospital, built to treat persons with mental illnesses, was used from 1961 until 1995. Funds from the sale of the hospital property created the Mental Health Housing Trust Fund, championed by National Alliance on Mental Illness members Harold Kulm and Richard Reilly and former Oregon legislators Rep. Jane Lokan and Rep. Jerry Krummel.

Family members and former patients of DSH are especially invited, as are the general public, city and county officials and Villebois neighbors. The site around the new piazza is being developed as the denser, more urban-feeling area of Villebois. The four-story Domaine at Villebois apartment building has been built and is leasing both residential and commercial space.

Library board elects officers, works on plan

The Wilsonville Public Library Board conducted election of officers at the Aug. 28 meeting. Hilly Alexander was re-elected as chair with Reggie Gains remaining as vice chairman.

The library will be working with a consultant to develop a new five-year strategic plan that is to be completed by the end of January 2014. The library has an online survey at WilsonvilleLibrary.org to obtain feedback on library services. In addition, the library will host a series of ‘community advisory panels’ this fall.

The Wilsonville Public Library Foundation has been supporting Spanish language classes for staff. One staff member recently used her new language skills to speak with residents at the city’s neighborhood barbecue at Engelman Park.

Staff reported that children’s fiction checkouts in July were up 22 percent over last year. Reasons for the increase are attributed to record summer reading program participation as well as new collection arrangements that make book selection easier for children and parents.

City councils to hold joint meeting Oct. 29

City councils of Tualatin and Wilsonville are scheduled to hold a special joint work session Oct. 29 at 6 p.m. at Wilsonville City Hall, 29799 SW Town Center Loop East.

The two elected bodies plan to discuss goals, visions and expected outcomes of the Basalt Creek/West Railroad concept planning process that is being funded primarily by a $350,000 Metro community planning and development grant.

The 775-acre Basalt Creek/West Railroad area is located between Tualatin and Wilsonville in unincorporated Washington County. Jurisdiction of the area will ultimately be divided between the two cities, both of which envision the inclusion of green spaces, retail, employment and residential uses.

Both cities see the area contributing, along with Wilsonville’s Coffee Creek and Tualatin’s Southwest Concept Plan areas, to the major “southwest employment area” that is expected to grow substantially in the future. Both councils recently adopted a transportation refinement plan for the area. For more information, contact Katie Mangle, long-range planning manager, at 503-570-1581 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Boones Ferry Road update

Construction crews continue work on improvements to Boones Ferry Road between Norwood and Day Roads. The intent of the project is to improve safety along the major connection between Tualatin and Wilsonville. Specifically, the improvements include straightening and flattening the roadway, adding bike lanes to both sides of the street and installing sidewalks on the west side of the road.

Project completion is anticipated by May 2014.

The speed limit remains temporarily reduced to 25 mph for the duration of the construction period; keep in mind that fines double for traffic violations in a work zone.

For more information, contact Abe Turki, Washington County project manager, at 503-846-7859 or visit http://wc-roads.com and click on “Boones Ferry Road” halfway down the page.

Celebrate Walk to School Day on Oct. 9

International Walk to School Day is a global event that involves communities from more than 40 countries walking and biking to school on the same day — this year, on Oct. 9.

Organized by the Partnership for a Walkable America, Walk to School Day began in 1997 as a one-day event aimed at building awareness for the need for walkable communities. In 2000, the event became international when the UK and Canada, both of which had already been promoting walking to school, and the U.S. joined together for the first International Walk to School Day.

Over time, this event has become part of a movement for year-round safe routes to school and a celebration — with record-breaking participation — each October. Today, thousands of schools across

America — from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico — participate every October.

For more information and to register, visit http://WalkBikeToSchool.org.

National Novel Writing Month starts in November

Ever thought of writing a novel, but didn’t know where to start? Are you looking for motivation to write that great (or not so great) American novel? Then National Novel Writing Month is for you.

Join the Wilsonville Public Library on Oct. 29 at 6 p.m. for National Novel Writing Month (Nanowrimo) kick-off. Learn how to write a novel in 30 days, and then start preparing for your novel.

Nanowrimo events continue through November. For more information, contact Andrea Erickson at 503-570-1593 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..