Parks & Rec advisory board seeks volunteers
Here is the opportunity you may have been waiting for: Volunteer to serve on the West Linn Parks and Recreation Advisory Board. Citizen advisory groups serve a vital role by informing the City Council on issues of importance to the community.
The West Linn Parks and Recreation Advisory Board currently has three of the seven positions open. The group is responsible for the city's developed parks, open and natural spaces, trails, multiple indoor community facilities, athletic fields and courts, community-wide special events, fitness and sports programs and classes for all ages. Representation from citizens across the city who are of differing ages, have diverse interests and experiences ensures the Parks and Recreation department achieves its mission of serving everyone in the community.
This is an exciting time for Parks & Recreation as numerous projects from the 2018 General Obligation Bond are in process including:
n Improvements of enhanced ADA access and a new nature-based playground at Sahallie Ilahee Park and a complete redevelopment of Sunset Park.
— Racket sports courts at Tanner Creek Park will be resurfaced and partially covered to extend the outdoor playing season.
— It was also recently decided by the West Linn City Council to reengage citizens concerning the vision for the nature play area at The White Oak Savanna Park.
Parks and Recreation Advisory Board members serve a four-year appointment. Meetings are held at 7 p.m. the second Thursday of the month, in the Bolton Room at West Linn City Hall.
Apply online at westlinnoregon.gov/citycouncil/current-advisory-group-openings-application. Application deadline is Nov. 30 and appointments will be made by City Council Dec. 9.
Wilderness Park Restoration Volunteer Event
Friends of Wilderness Park is a new group within West Linn Parks and Recreation Department to help make this 52-acre park more beautiful and to remove invasive plants like ivy and blackberry bushes.
If you'd like to join others to help pull ivy and blackberry vines meet near the Clark Street entrance to the park at 9 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 23. Refreshments will be served. Gloves, snacks and water are provided.
Volunteers will meet again at the park at 9 a.m. Dec. 28 and Jan. 25.
Mad Science Holiday Break Camps
West Linn Parks and Recreation is holding several Mad Science camps during the Thanksgiving holiday week of Nov. 25 and 26 for students ages 7-12.
Each camp is priced $46 for West Linn residents and $56 for participants from outside of the city.
Mechanical Engineering — Flex your engineering muscles while learning about levers, screws and other simple machines. Experiment with rubber band powered cars using the scientific method as your guide. Build your own Mad Science drag racer to take home. Meets 9 a.m. to noon, Nov. 25.
Inventions-ations — Test your creativity while learning the steps of the scientific method. Students learn how inventors work and that many inventions happen by accident. Through a hands-on approach students will learn that anyone can be an inventor. What will you create? Camp meets 1 to 4 p.m. Nov. 25.
Electrifying Science — Learn about electricity, its properties and its role in natural phenomena. Make indoor lightning, build a series and parallel circuit, and conduct hair-raising experiments with our electro-static generator. Camp meets 9 a.m. to noon, Nov. 26.
Science Fiction — Many devices we use today began as the dream of science fiction writers. Doors that open when you approach, books on tablet and submersible explorers all started on the pages of science fiction stories. What will you dream up? Camp meets 1 to 4 p.m. Nov. 26. Advance registration is required. Registration may be done by phone at 503-557-4700 or online at westlinnoregon.gov/parksrec.
Terri Jones is a Recreation Coordinator II with West Linn Parks and Recreation.
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