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Estacada City Council will examine favored plan for park's next phase in February

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO: CITY OF ESTACADA - Wade Creek Park currently offers a skate park, volleyball court, play structures and several other features.

Planning for the next phase of Wade Creek Park is well underway.

On Wednesday, Jan. 16, the Estacada City Council, Parks and Recreation Commission and Library Board met with representatives from Greenworks and Otak, who are designing a proposal for the third phase of the park at Seventh Avenue and Wade

Street.

Several options were proposed, and at both a previous open house and online survey, participants preferred a design that featured a stream, as opposed to ponds. The favored design also proposes a pavilion and amphitheater, boardwalk, exercise features, walking trails, art and greenery.

Located behind the Estacada Public Library, the area currently features a pond and trails.

Potential addendums to the plan brought up during last week's meeting included removable walls for the pavillion, incorporating local art into the control structure and the placement of bathrooms.

The total construction cost is estimated at $2,416,044, which includes site preparation, pool riffle channel site work, paving and walls, utilities, trail and boardwalk, site furnishings, irrigation, soil preparation and plantings.

"This will define our town. I'm very excited for this project," said Jae Chun, a member of the Parks and Recreation Commission.

Estacada Mayor Sean Drinkwine described the design as "wonderful."

"Everywhere you look there's something to look at, and something to wonder," he said.

The skate park at Wade Creek was completed in 2012. Other elements of the park include horseshoe pits, a sand volleyball court, picnic areas and play structures.

The proposed plan for phase three will go before the City Council in February. After that, city leaders will apply for grants from the Oregon State Parks Department as one element of funding. The work will likely be completed between 2020-2022.

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