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Updates are planned for Wade Creek Park and Lakeshore Trail, and several grants have already been awarded

PMG FILE PHOTO - Wade Creek Park is a popular community gathering spot, and city leaders are planning for the park's next phase.

Estacada city leaders are continuing to work toward the next phase of Wade Creek Park.

During the Estacada Parks and Recreation's first meeting of the year on Wednesday, Jan. 22, City Manager Denise Carey and previous Parks and Recreation Commissioner Skip Haak shared an update on the plans for the next section of the park at Seventh Avenue and Wade Street.

Features of Wade Creek Park phase three will include an outdoor amphitheater, a community room, picnic shelter, new trails, exercise features and a restored stream.

The project is expected to cost $3.3 million, and the city has received a $400,000 grant from the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department and a $75,000 grant from the Estacada Community Foundation. City leaders are waiting to hear back about additional grant applications.

Carey hopes to see final designs for the project completed by October 2021.

The city is also seeking grants for the Lakeshore Trail project, which will help create connectivity between downtown Estacada and the Clackamas River.

"It was a council goal to get where people can enjoy downtown and walk across the street and get into the water. We've never had that before in the city of Estacada," Carey said.

In other news from the Parks and Recreation Commission meeting

Commissioners plan to host an event to encourage community members to spend time in the parks for Earth Day in April and a short film festival later this year.

New commissioners Kalika Stanton and Chris Stanton were welcomed to the group.


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