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North Clackamas Parks & Recreation District builds new park to connect sites in Happy Valley

COURTESY PHOTOS - Representatives of Clackamas County, Happy Valley and Icon Construction participated in the ribbon-cutting ceremony.Over 400 neighbors, community Christopher Coppage sports some face paint at the Hidden Falls Nature Park celebration on June 22.members and project partners came together on June 22 in Happy Valley to celebrate the opening of Hidden Falls Nature Park.

During the event, North Clackamas Parks & Recreation District (NCPRD) hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony, RecMobile games and crafts for kids, bluegrass music, food carts and a dessert table with pie provided by New Seasons Market.

NCPRD collaborated with Icon Construction on the $2.9 million park project. Icon donated an estimated $1.2 million in value, while NCPRD funds for the project totaled about $1.7 million, funded largely out of building fees for the developer's nearby 50-home subdivision. County officials said they worked for many years with Icon Construction to identify funding sources to make the complex development and preservation project come together.

North Clackamas Parks & Recreation District made commemorative badges celebrating the opening of Hidden Falls Nature Park.Hidden Falls Nature Park spans 21.3 New Seasons Market donated pies to help celebrate the opening of Hidden Falls Nature Park.acres of wooded natural area in the Rock Creek area of Happy Valley. This unique piece of property provides access to a previously "hidden" waterfall, as well as a paved multi-use trail, a new timber bridge over Rock Creek and viewing/resting areas. The .84-mile of multi-use trail links the Mount Scott/Scouter's Mountain Regional Trail Loop with surrounding schools, parks and other public facilities.

The park at 14488 S.E. 152nd Ave. can be accessed from the north at Pioneer Drive and 156th Avenue, or from the south on 162nd Avenue, just past the dead end and alongside Hood View Park.

Families explore Hidden Falls on June 22 following the grand opening of the park.


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