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TravelOregon provided the city with means to refurbish a largely empty space.

Thanks to a $100,000 grant from TravelOregon, a one-acre slice of Dundee will get some sprucing up and refurbishment to become a park later this year.

The grant – which equals the maximum amount a city can receive – was part of a $2.4 million investment by the Oregon Tourism Board in communities throughout the state. It was set up to provide opportunities for visitors to gather, socialize or eat in a comfortable and visually appealing outdoor setting.

According to Dundee City Manager Rob Daykin, the project will cost about $132,000 total. The final $32,000 will come from a combination of city tourism funds and in-kind donations, he said.

"The city owns five lots compiling just under an acre of property, which is the site of Well No. 10 – a water facility at this time," Daykin said. "It's located on Alder Street across from The Dundee (hotel). Over the years, we had installed some landscaping in the area, but for the most part it's just a grassy field. The surrounding property on the back side is single-family homes."

The city – in an effort led by Sondra Storm, co-owner of The Dundee Hotel and a member of the local tourism board – applied for the grant and was one of a select number of communities to receive one.

The timeline for the project's completion is faster than most.

"We have to have this completed by the end of November this year," Daykin said. "Some amenities that we're proposing doing include a crushed rock path around the perimeter of the property, extensive landscaping around the perimeter and other locations and potential seating or benches for folks to relax and enjoy the scenery."

The city will be working with local partners, including nearby businesses and homeowners, to discuss the plan. A meeting about the project is scheduled to take place on-site at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 2.

"One of the things we're trying to figure out is what this improvement will look like once the changes are completed," Daykin said. "We've had some discussion about a potential restroom or shelter-type structure as well. This isn't a park with playground equipment or anything like that as much as it's a space between commercial and residential areas."

For more information and updates as the project progresses, keep an eye on the city's social media pages or visit dundeecity.org.


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