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Oregon Cultural Trust metes more than $18,000 to Donald-based group as part of larger statewide effort

Friends of Historic Butteville is among the dozens of nonprofits to receive grants from the Oregon Cultural Trust in 2019.

The Donald-based organization received $18,017 from the trust to support the restoration of the Historic Butteville Landing.

According to the FOHB website, what is today referred to as "Butteville Landing" is actually a right-of-way owned by Marion County that runs down to the river from where Butte Street turns east to become First Street Northeast. It has been periodically maintained by the county to provide access to the river. Until recently access has been rough, there being no improved path or trail, and the slope being somewhat challenging. At the bottom are the remains of concrete footings dating back to the early 1900s, when the community upgraded the docks to handle larger and increasing stern-wheeler and ferry traffic.

Last year, FOHB received a Marion County Community Planning grant to complete a topographical survey, develop engineering project plans and landscape architecture plans for a restored landing. That included removal of invasive brush and trees, rough excavation and installation of soil erosion to prepare for winter.

The next phase of restoration work, supported by the cultural trust grant, will include providing access to the river with trails, interpretive signage, native plantings and ADA access to the upper portion of the trail and the upper picnic area.

The final phase, which FOHB hopes to complete next year, aims to install a gangway to a small dock that will accommodate a paddle craft dock and small power boats.

FOHB is a first-time Oregon Cultural Trust grant recipient.


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