Community meetings on tap for Sander Estate's future
After many months of intensive work, community engagement and meetings, the future of the Sander Estate property in Dundee is becoming clearer.
Two community meetings are now scheduled for 6 p.m. Nov. 19 and Dec. 3, with the plan for the property set to be unveiled by the Chehalem Park & Recreation District. Attendees can show up to the meeting in person at the CPRD administration office so long as they follow COVID-19 guidelines, or they can attend via Zoom.
"This plan and the feedback on the plan from these meetings will be reviewed at the CPRD board of directors' meeting scheduled for Jan. 28 …," CPRD spokeswoman Kat Ricker said.
Along winding paths through its center, the 6.7-acre Sander Estate property will include gardens, an amphitheater, a children's play area and more. The project has been multiple years in the making and has been one of CPRD's primary focuses in Dundee.
In October 2018, the city of Dundee sent out a survey to residents about the future of the property. The results of that survey were shared with residents at a public meeting two months later, providing an opportunity for further public input as the CPRD mulled its next move.
"We've been waiting for those survey results pretty eagerly," Ricker said at the time. "The park advisory committee meets every couple months, so there's been a pause. They conducted that survey in October and now things are going to start moving again."
Highlights of the survey include 58% strong support for an outdoor meeting space and 54% for adult education/fitness classes as a potential revenue stream. Bike courses, disc golf and tennis courts were relatively unpopular among respondents, as was the proposal for an off-leash dog park. Judging by the proposal, much of what the public was interested in made it into the final plan, along with a few other details that CPRD is looking forward to discussing.
After the public meetings, the next step will be to work further with the city of Dundee.
"We are working with the city of Dundee to satisfy their requirements for planning process," Ricker said. "Once the two community meetings and then our board meeting have taken place, we anticipate the city of Dundee will be ready to proceed with their public hearing process."
CPRD is also gearing up to hold the Dundee Country Holiday Market at the new Sander Estate from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 14. This is a new endeavor for the agency, but also a transition for its longstanding Holiday Craft Bazaar, which it had previously held at Chehalem Senior Center.
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