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The project will focus on area behind library, includes walking trails and boardwalk

PMG FILE PHOTO - The area behind the Estacada Public Library is the focus of the next phase of Wade Creek Park.

The Estacada City Council unanimously approved a plan for the next phase of Wade Creek Park during a meeting on Monday, Feb. 25.

The third phase of Wade Creek Park focuses on the area behind the Estacada Public Library, an area that currently contains a pond and trails. Planned features include a stream, boardwalk, amphitheatre, pavilion, walking trails and greenery.

In order to ensure that costs are manageable, the project will be completed in phases. The first phase will consist of the stream, walking trails and amphitheatre. The pavilion will be included in a future phase.

The first phase is expected to cost $1,889,400, a figure that includes site preparation, water channel site work, utilities, paving, trails, boardwalk, irrigation, soil preparation and planting. In total, all phases of the project are expected to cost $2,435,481.

The park at Seventh Avenue and Wade Street is Estacada's first city park and already offers many opportunities for recreation, including a skate park, horseshoe pits, a sand volleyball court, picnic areas and play structures. The area is home to a variety of gatherings, including the Estacada Parks and Recreation's Art in the Park events.

City leaders began working with consultants at Greenworks and Otak to create a plan for the third phase of Wade Creek Park last September. The process has included an open house and online survey for public input. Members of the City Council, Parks and Recreation Commission and Library Board of Directors held a public meeting last month to discuss options for the plan.

City leaders will apply for grants from the Oregon State Parks Department as one element of funding. The first phase of the park's next section will likely be completed between 2020-2022.

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