Recently approved Parks Master Plan outlines next several decades of parks projects

FILE PHOTO - Young residents of the Estacada area play at Wade Creek Park during its anniversary celebration last year. In the recently approved Parks Master Plan update, the third phase of the park is included in a list of short term priorities.

The Estacada City Council has approved the parks master plan update, but some members of the Parks and Recreation Commission are concerned about the proposed location of a future splash pad.

The plan calls for the splash pad's installation at the park at Campanella Estates. During a City Council meeting on Monday, June 11, Parks Commissioner Shirley Burke noted that many Estacada residents signed a petition to have the splash pad at Wade Creek Park and requested that approval of the plan occur at a future meeting to allow citizens to further voice their opinions.

"We think the citizens should have time to weigh in on where they want the splash pad," Burke said, noting that a survey could be included on residents' water bills. "The citizens should have the right to vote on where we put the park."

Mayor Sean Drinkwine emphasized that although the plan was approved, there would be further discussions about the projects it lays out.

"I promise I will bring it back," he said. "(The plan is) a working document."

The final draft of the parks master plan update also moved phase three of Wade Creek Park into the plan's short term priorities section and added information about the sports fields projects on which the city and school district are collaborating.

The plan maps out the next several decades of parks projects in Estacada. Along with recommending projects for current and future parks, the plan also features a concept for a waterfront park along the Clackamas River.

The city of Estacada received a grant from the Oregon State Parks and Recreation Department and worked with Portland-based consultant MIG Inc. for parks master plan update. The plan was last revised in 2004.

In other news from the City Council meeting:

The council approved an amendment to the city's municipal code that outlines standards for accessory dwelling units, a renewal of the city's enterprise zone and a resolution to receive state shared revenues.

Superintendent Ryan Carpenter shared an update on the Estacada School District, and Drinkwine proposed that the two work together to start a Mayor's Youth Advisory Board.

Parks Commissioner Sharon Darcy told the council the commission recommends naming the park at Campanella Estates "Fred Campanella Memorial Park."

Burke shared the Parks and Recreation Commission's request for quarterly financial reports on funds for park maintenance and service development charges.

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