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Citizens are being surveyed 'to help frame what the priorities should be,' city officials say.

Oregon City officials are asking for the public's input to update the city's Parks Master Plan to help guide decisions and projects for at least the next 10 years.

Oregon City's Parks and Recreation Master Plan Update project is intended to help meet the needs of current and future residents by positioning the city to build on the community's unique parks and recreation assets and identify new opportunities.

Oregon City's parks department hasn't conducted a Master Plan survey since 2008, so the document has long been out of date, having established a five-year implementation plan to guide city staff, advisory committees and elected officials in their efforts to enhance the community's parks and recreation programs, services and facilities. Since 2008, Oregon City has constructed several new parks.COURTESY PHOTO: CITY OF OC - Oregon City's Municipal Pool is located at the corner of Jackson and 12th streets.

Oregon City Aquatic and Recreation Manager Melissa Tierney said the city doesn't yet know how many projects (or the total value of projects) that it will complete as a result of the planning process for determining the city's parks goals.

"It's essentially a blueprint for the next 20 years of parks and recreation, and providing feedback on this survey to help frame what the priorities should be. Oregon City voices will help shape our community's parks and recreation future," Tierney said.COURTESY PHOTO: CITY OF OC - Oregon City has a public park surrounding the End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center on Washington Street.

Oregon City officials have mailed out surveys to 3,000 random households and are now gaining feedback through an online survey, which will be open for people to take until Sept. 30. The anonymous survey asks what types of parks facilities and services are most needed and appreciated by citizens.COURTESY PHOTO: CITY OF OC - Oregon City is surveying citizens to determine what types of facilities, including play structures, might be most needed in town.

Additional information, as well as the link to the survey, can be found at orcityparksandplay.org and orcity.org/community/parks-and-recreation-master-plan.


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