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City Manager Bill Peterson is negotiating the land purchase with the Grand Ronde Tribe.

The city of Wood Village is negotiating the purchase of 4.6 acres of property owned by the Grand Ronde Tribe on the site of the once iconic Multnomah Greyhound Park.

The tribe bought 31 acres of the former racetrack in December 2015 with plans to develop the property as an entertainment destination. In August 2018, tribal officials announced they had decided to sell the property instead. Since then, the tribe has offered to sell a portion of the northeast corner of the property to the city.

Wood Village City Councilors voted unanimously during a council meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 22, for City Manager Bill Peterson to enter into negotiations to purchase the land near the intersection of Wood Village Boulevard and Arata Road.

If Wood Village acquires the land, the city would transform it into a public park, with the recreation area named on behalf of the Grand Ronde Tribe.

The city is not releasing figures of what they are offering for the land. However, Wood Village has approximately $650,000 in parks systems development charges (SDC) available that may be used to purchase park land. SDCs are city fees charged to developers and are earmarked for specific capital improvements.

Assuming the tribe and Peterson reach an agreement, the Wood Village City Council would be asked to authorize the transaction.


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