City of Canby eyes parks projects
Canby's parks system was something City Administrator Scott Archer said he'd be very involved in when he took the job.
That involvement is paying dividends as Canby's parks are about to see the completion of one long-term project, the updating of a long-overdue parks master plan, and the potential for an exciting new parks project.
"We've got some good stuff going on," Archer said.
The Canby City Council will get the chance to put its stamp of approval on a project for Maple Street Park in coming meetings. The plan, said Archer, is to build eight new pickleball courts, with lighting, at the park adjacent to the new splash pad.
Additionally, there will be a new picnic shelter adjacent to the splash pad to help serve that attraction. The project will get a first reading at the council's July 21 meeting, then, should it be deemed worthy, get a second and final approval at the first meeting in August.
"This will be a first of its kind addition for the City of Canby," Archer said. "These (pickleball courts) will be regulation sized and very nice courts. There are active (pickleball) groups that play in the area. It's something we want to make available to people locally."
The proposal that's coming before the council has a contract for just a hair over $395,000 for the project and is being paid for by a combination of parks maintenance fees and parks system development charges. Should the Canby City Council give the "OK" to the project, Archer said construction would start sometime in September and be completed in the fall.
Also on tap is the final piece of the Locust Street Park project.
"We've actually been doing improvements at this park over the last year," Archer said. "Basically, we have almost completed the renovation of that park. It was really in need of improvements."
The project has consisted of revamped restrooms, a playground and other improvements, topped off by the final piece of the puzzle, a picnic shelter.
"The shelter is planned for this fiscal year," Archer said.
While those improvements move forward for Canby city parks, work is ramping up on a major revamp of the city's parks and recreation master plan.
"We are underway, it's officially kicked off," Archer said of the update. "We are about to kick off the public input portion of this and we will soon announce some public input opportunities for it.
"We will be looking at the whole parks and recreation system in Canby and getting a lot of community feedback on what the priorities are for our facilities, parks and recreation," Archer added. "We have limited resources that we can put into parks and recreation. The master plan is intended to be a representation of the community's priorities. It tells us where we should be focusing our efforts and resources – do we want a dog park, more trails, another splash pad, what do people want? It's a guide and roadmap for what the community wants."
The last revision to the parks and recreation master plan was done in 2002.
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