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With just several days behind us into 2019, Estacada community members already have much they're looking forward to in the upcoming 12 months.

FILE PHOTO - Several Estacada community members noted that they are looking forward to projects pertaining to recreation on the Clackamas River.With just several days behind us into 2019, Estacada community members already have much they're looking forward to in the upcoming 12 months. From well established traditions to new projects, people around town have a lot to look forward to this year.

Melanie Wagner, assistant to the city manager, said she is happily awaiting the annual Summer Celebration and Estacada Uncorked events.

"Both of those events are great because people are gathering with friends and family in our enjoyable downtown and having fun and making memories," she said, adding she also appreciates the volunteers who make the events happen each year. "Estacada Uncorked is sponsored by the Downtown Estacada Commission, and Summer Celebration is sponsored by the Arts Commission."

Katy Dunsmuir, who was recently elected to the Estacada City Council, is excited about several elements of this year.

"In addition to all of the amazing events our city hosts year after year, I am personally excited about being an active part of the growing relationship between the city of Estacada and the Estacada School District," Dunsmuir said. "I'm really pleased that the last council started developing this relationship and I'm looking forward to continuing to foster such an important alliance in our community."

Several community members are looking forward to upcoming projects pertaining to the Clackamas River.

Estacada Economic Development Manager Matt Lorenzen noted that the city has received a $75,000 from the Clackamas County Tourism Development Commission for the design of improvements to the Lake Shore Trail. Elements of the project could include water access points, connectivity to downtown, removal of invasive species and creation of viewpoints.

Lorenzen added that the design process could be completed this year and begin fundraising to proceed with construction in 2020.

"This project is meant to be an asset to both residents and visitors and will lay the groundwork for what we hope will eventually be a pedestrian bridge from Timber Park to Milo McIver State Park," he said.

Phil Lingelbach is looking forward to working with the Estacada Economic Vitality Committee to explore tourism opportunities provided by the Clackamas River. He noted that the Clackamas County Water Tourism report by Crane Associates, released last March, found that the river has above average water recreation assets, but below average use.

Particularly, opportunities for attracting more people to fish in the river and more paddle boaters are exceptional, Lingelbach said.

Mary Ann Bugni is eager to hear more about a possible outdoor amphitheater, which is an element under consideration for the next phase of Wade Creek Park.

"An outdoor performance venue makes me dream of sharing summer evenings sitting on the grass enjoying music or a play with friends," she said. "I truly hope this amphitheater option is enthusiastically supported by our community."

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