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A few years now, a unique river feature formed by water running over the Clackamette Park boat ramp has captivated an adventurous group of people

PMG PHOTO: ALVARO FONTAN - Thom Parker negotiating the wave at Clackamette Park in Oregon City.Just a few yards offshore from Oregon City, a feature on the Clackamas River's water brings joy to local kayakers.

Known as "The Wave," this water feature was created a few years ago when a high water level damaged a boat ramp during winter.

Thom Parker, a seasoned kayaker familiar with the area, told us how this area is used and enjoyed by a group of sports enthusiasts every spring and summer.

In 2013, the boat ramp at Clackamette Park was severely damaged resulting in the closure of the boat ramp for boaters' safety, according to the Oregon City Parks Department, which is working with state officials toward a long-term solution for relocating the boat ramp at Clackamette Park.

A social media page asks the authorities to rethink the need for demolishing the old boat ramp and asks to evaluate the alternative option of leaving this "wave" as is, since this new feature increases the park's use for a different group of people.

The Clackamette Boat Ramp was temporarily closed after the windstorm in early September and during the active wildfire evacuations so the Clackamette Park could be utilized for evacuees. Clackamette Park and the boat ramp are currently open.

The last public discussion of the future of the Clackamette Park Boat ramp was at a joint Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee and City Commission meeting held on Oct. 8, 2019.

Oregon City's parks department is hopeful to discuss this topic with the Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee in the near future, according to city spokesperson Kristin Brown.

For more information visit: orcity.org or Save the Wave.

This story has been updated from its original version online with additional comments from city officials.


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