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Park board sets splash pad meeting and suggests feasibility study for sports complex

Canby may have a splash pad soon.

It's not yet determined where it would be placed, but the public is invited to a meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 29 at 6:30 p.m. at the library to help determine a location.

Currently, the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board has identified three parks with the potential of housing the splash pad: Maple Street Park, Wait Park or Legacy Park. However, none of these are certain, and the advisory board would like to hear from the public to see what the community's feedback would be regarding this water feature.

The advisory board will go over the pros and cons of the three areas and then open it up to the public's ideas, said advisory board co-chair Barry Johnson.

There's no idea of the cost of the splash pad at this point.

The meeting will be held in the City Council Chambers directly across from the main library doors.

That's not all the park news; there's more happening.

Various city and school district officials, along with members of the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, held meetings in November and December to discuss the possibility of adding a youth sports complex in Canby.

Currently, city council members are looking at the fields behind Ackerman School for the complex, which would feature outdoor youth ball games including baseball, football, softball, soccer and possibly rugby and lacrosse.

They want to do a feasibility study first to determine whether the Ackerman fields plan is attainable, answering questions of whether the current track would be necessary, if there is enough parking, and so forth.

The study will cost $6,200.

This is only the first step and won't include design of the 50,000 square-foot complex, according to Rick Robinson, city manager.

"This is not the final layout; it's to determine whether it's feasible," he said.

Once the feasibility study is complete and looks positive, then the city, school district and the parks committee may be more comfortable spending money to develop a more elaborate plan, such as what the infrastructure looks like and whether or where to put artificial turf or use grass. The cost to do that will probably be around the $40,000 to $50,000 level, Robinson said.

The next step would involve the community, Robinson said. If the feasibility study gets a green light, it's important to formulate community input, he said. Don't want to commit huge sums of money until it looks right.

But council member Sarah Spoon brought up the parkland at Willamette Wayside. She sees two potential large park projects and would like to see a similar feasibility study for Wayside.

"We potentially have two big, expensive projects. We need to know what our possibilities are," she said because it's likely the city won't have enough money to do both.

Council member Greg Parker agreed it would save time and energy by looking at all the park opportunities, he said.

Robinson also agreed.

"It's not a big investment. It's favorable for both [areas] to incorporate findings from both and allow them into the Parks Master Plan," Robinson said.

Economically, both have the power to bring more business opportunities into Canby, said Spoon.

The discussion ended there.


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