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City is seeking input on the proposal, which includes a splash pad and fitness trail.

COURTESY RENDERING: CITY OF ESTACADA AND STEPHEN SHIBLEY, FERTILE GROUND - The much-requested splash pad is the blue circle in this proposed design for the 8-acre Fred Campanella Memorial City Park.

The city of Estacada recently revealed preliminary plans for the 8-acre Campanella Park, which include a much-requested splash pad.

"This is a work in progress," Stephen Shibley, the local landscape planner who crafted the preliminary design, told the Wednesday, April 28, meeting of the Estacada Parks and Recreation Commission.

The commission plans to publicize the preliminary plans for the park at 1560 N. Broadway St. and ask local residents for feedback. The proposed plans were crafted as a result of earlier input from the community.

One of the features many residents asked for is a splash pad for children to have some water fun on hot days. The proposed splash pad is the round shape at the top of the schematic and is 50 feet in diameter.

The gray line in the drawing is a hard-surface trail around the park and the yellow is a proposed soft-surface fitness trail with stations for suggested exercises.

There is a sport court proposed for the park. It is shown as the dark green and red square just below the parking on the right side of the drawing. It could be used for half-court basketball or pickle ball or other sports, Shibley said.

Nature play?

The Estacada designer with the firm Fertile Ground also said there could be a nature play structure, popular at a lot of other parks. He proposed that be sited in the top left area of the drawing, shown as the kidney-shaped yellow area.

"It's a big thing in parks," he said, adding that it might be an appropriate way to celebrate Estacada's natural beauty and logging heritage.

"There is the possibility of a fenced dog park. Is that a need?" Shibley said, adding that some park users might want an off-leash area for their dogs. That could be located in the park as shown in the lower left area of the rendering.

The plans also call for pet waste stations scattered around the park, so dog owners could grab a plastic bag and make sure to clean up after their animals.

Speaking of the overall plan, Shibley said, "Those are park amenities that were desired and approved."

The commissioners discussed parking. The park is proposed to have 36 parking spaces and commissioners want to ensure there is enough parking for park patrons, while also using as much of the land for the actual park.

"A lot of people can access this by foot and bicycle," Shibley told the commission. The park is located in the middle of the Campanella Estates housing subdivision.

The first phase of the park, formally called Fred Campanella Memorial City Park, opened in 2018. It includes a playground designed for little kids, a covered picnic area, restrooms and walkways.

Accessibility emphasized

One resident asked about accessibility at the meeting.

We want to "accommodate the widest array of park users," Shibley said.

Commissioners suggested connecting with the creators of Harper's Playground, which is in Portland's Arbor Lodge Park. Harper's Playground was designed to be a fun place to play for kids of all abilities. These parks have features for children using wheelchairs and other assistive devices and for kids with other differences.

After the community weighs in on the proposed park design, the next step will be to do more work on the design and get pricing for the various features of the park.

After that, more detailed construction plans and drawings would be crafted, and the city will look into grants and other funding sources.

City Manager Melanie Wagner, expects construction should begin in spring 2024.

"After we finish Wade Creek Park, this is our next project," Wagner said.

Have your say

The city of Estacada is providing multiple ways for residents to weigh in on the proposed plans for Fred Campanella Memorial City Park.

The city posted the design and questions to answer on its website.

"We also plan to have some paper surveys at the library, and possibly a couple of other places around town," Wagner said.

She encouraged Campanella community members to share the information on their community social media to garner more input.

The city plans an open house for Monday, May 16.

"We are calling it Community Conversations ... which will be an opportunity for community members to come talk with staff in an informal setting about many projects/topics, and we will have information about the park there where people can share feedback," she said. A video of that meeting will be posted on the Parks and Recreation Commission page of the city website.

Wagner said if people want to share comments before the official survey is available, they can use the comment form on the city website.

"We look forward to hearing from the community on this project. It's helpful to have people looking at a project like this from many viewpoints, and we will do the best we can to make this next city park a place that is inclusive, connecting and enjoyable for the Campanella community as well as the rest of Estacada," Wagner said.


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