Recently-named recreation area at Campanella Estates is largest city park in Estacada

ESTACADA NEWS PHOTO: EMILY LINDSTRAND - The recently-named Fred Campanella Memorial City Park features grassy areas and a playground for children, among other elements. The park spans eight acres.

The park in one of Estacada's new subdivisions will be known as Fred Campanella Memorial City Park.

City Councilors approved the name for the eight-acre park at Campanella Estates during a meeting on Monday, July 23. Previously, the Estacada Parks and Recreation Commission had recommended that the new recreational area be called Fred Campanella Memorial Park.

In a letter to the council, the members of the parks commission said they "would like to honor longtime Estacada resident Fred Campanella ... for the contributions and impression he left on the community of Estacada."

Campanella, who died earlier this year, owned a store and a farm in the Estacada area.

Campanella Estates along Eagle Creek Road is at the site of the former farm.

Campanella's daughter, Marie Torgerson, said that it's been interesting to see the property's evolution from farm to subdivision. She noted that she and her siblings will sometimes stop by the area and try to determine where the barn and other landmarks of the farm would have been.

"It's been such a change. It's something in our lives to see that's been big and major," she said. "It is cool to pass on that legacy."

Fred Campanella Memorial City Park is the largest city park in Estacada and includes a playground, restrooms and covered sitting areas.

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