Public meeting seton future of Sander Estate Park in Dundee
Discussion on a master plan for Sander Estate Park in Dundee is underway and community input is being sought when the Chehalem Park and Recreation District holds a public meeting at 6 p.m. April 11 at the land on 359 S.W. Fifth St.
The property includes a house, barn and a hazelnut orchard on about seven acres near Dundee City Hall and Dundee Elementary School. From the 1930s to the 1970s prunes, hazelnuts and berries were raised on the land by the Sander family. In February 2017, Janis Sander donated 50 percent of the property to the park district and the CPRD paid the balance of the purchase price.
"We bought the property at a very reduced rate … we are trying to combine efforts with Dundee as to what the community wants to do with the property," CPRD Superintendent Don Clements said.
Dundee Mayor David Russ approached the CPRD board at a meeting in February to relate the sense of urgency some are felling that the project get underway.
"It is empty and no one is living in it," he said of the house. "The important thing is not to let it fall apart and to keep it maintained. … Maybe volunteers can work on the house and fix it up."
"CPRD is working with Sander to ensure that her wishes for the property to be used in a way to benefit the citizens of Dundee are followed," the park district stated in a press release. "It is CPRD's intention to work closely with park neighbors and the broader community to consider the recreational needs and concerns of the residents, while respecting the natural resources of the park and respecting its historical heritage."
Russ also mentioned at a recent meeting the idea of constructing an amphitheater on the site, but that concept didn't gain much traction.
"Don Clements came to a Dundee City Council meeting and brought a couple of concept drawings of what could go there," Russ said, adding that Clements said 'We are not going to put in the amphitheater."
Scott Edwards Architecture firm has been hired by the CPRD to develop a masterplan for the project.