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Anatta Blackmarr: Clackamas County commissioners will hold a meeting about the Concord project at 6 p.m. on March 30.

During the last several months, the Board of County Commissioners asked the Oak Grove and Jennings Lodge community to speak with one voice about how to move forward with the Concord project in Oak Lodge. I'm happy to say that the community is united behind a single message — one that frees up the library to move ahead right away.COURTESY PHOTO: ANATTA BLACKMARR - Oak Lodge residents are looking to the Ledding Library in Milwaukie, completed in 2020, as an example of synergy between a library and a park.

The Board of Trustees of the Library, the Oak Grove Community Council, the citizen advisory committee for the North Clackamas Parks & Recreation District, the Concord Task Force and the Jennings Lodge Community Planning Organization have all voted for one recommendation, with no dissenting votes. This recommendation is for the library to be designed as a freestanding building — rather than attached to the existing school building — and therefore independent of the funding and delayed timetable for the other amenities planned for the site.

Clackamas County commissioners are holding a meeting about the Concord project at 6 p.m. on March 30. There will be public comment at the meeting. You may also submit written testimony ahead of time to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Agenda: https://dochub.clackamas.us/documents/drupal/73dcccb0-53f3-46b4-a1b8-911d2ab57db4

Zoom link: https://clackamascounty.zoom.us/j/85718929121

Telephone: +1 669 900 6833 or +1 253 215 8782

Webinar ID: 857 1892 9121

In addition, the DAC, the community's voice for NCPRD, has four openings. If you live in Sub-area 1, 3 or 4, now is the time to apply to be part of this 11-member team (term beginning July 1). Bring your energy to an era of greater public engagement with our parks — manifesting as a DAC with more members and more extensive outreach and as soon-to-be parks boards in each NCPRD Sub-area. Stay tuned.

There's more. Right now there are two openings on the Library Board for Oak Lodge residents, and one for Gladstone residents. Imaginative libraries offer so much to communities. Would you like to bring your imagination to collaborative work on making our library the best it can be? Find your sub-area and learn about the DAC at ncprd.com/district-advisory-committee and find the applications at web3.clackamas.us/abc/index.jsp.

At this time, there's excitement in the Oak Lodge community about a new, full-funded library coming soon to the Concord property. The complex will also have a library-park and a community center, when funds become available. The park at Concord will be a community treasure for this park-deficient area. And it will work synergistically with the library, providing nature views for people inside the library, and providing outdoor spaces for theater performances, author presentations, story time or movies-in-the-park — extending the library's benefits.

On the horizon: a new modern library in Oak Lodge, a place of enrichment and community identity. This library will bring the Concord site to life as a much-anticipated central gathering place for Oak Lodge. And not a minute too soon.

Anatta Blackmarr is a resident of Oak Lodge who encourages citizens to stay informed about parks-and-rec matters by sending their names to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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