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$987,000 project on 3-acre site being built through mix of city general funds, state grant

Oregon City's Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee has voted to recommend that Hazel Grove become the name of the city's newest park.

On July 27, Oregon City officials broke ground on the new, 3.5-acre park tentatively named Filbert Run, located in the Hazel Grove/Wrestling Farm neighborhood. COURTESY PHOTO : CITY OF OC - Groundbreaking ceremonies for Oregon City's newest took place in July, with expected completion of the project this winter.

Members of the committee pointed out that a hazelnut farm historically covered much of the neighborhood, so there are already lots of street names with variations of "hazel" or "filbert."

A naming committee included two members from the Citizen Involvement Committee and two PRAC members. Parks and Recreation Director Kendall Reid and four residents who live adjacent to the park were also asked to provide input.

Of 52 names submitted in a public survey, 27 suggestions were a variation of a Filbert Run, Hazelnut or Hazel Grove. New parameters now call for Oregon City park names that favor a geographical location, prominent features, familiarity to residents and neighborhood specificity.

Construction of the park is estimated to be complete this winter to include amenities such as a nature play area, looped walkways, picnic benches and lit pathways. COURTESY PHOTO : CITY OF OC - Located at 11720 Hazelnut Ave., park construction will have minimal impact to the existing mature tree canopy, an important feature for the neighbors.

In 2015, public meetings were held to gain input from neighbors about the desired use of the future park, and comments were incorporated and adopted into the master plan design concept. Located at 11720 Hazelnut Ave., it was important to the neighbors to keep the most active areas of the future park centrally located, such as the shelter and children's nature play area, to cause minimal impact to the existing mature tree canopy.

It also was important to maximize the available open lawn area for active recreation opportunities. New native ornamental planting was included in selected areas of the drainage-way to increase water quality and create visual interest.

The existing sidewalk spur from Hummingbird Loop is being extended over a new pedestrian bridge into the center of the park, and down to a new accessible park entrance at the end of the Westwood Drive spur. Making parks usable by all abilities is a high priority for Oregon City leadership and community members.

Filbert Run Park construction is projected to cost $987,324, funded through a mix of city general funds, system development fees and a $391,119 grant from the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. Construction is being performed by Paul Brothers Inc., and architectural planning came through a contract with Lango Hansen Landscape Architects.COURTESY PHOTO : CITY OF OC - Mayor Rachel Lyles Smith and Oregon City Parks and Recreation Director Kendall Reid were among the dignitaries at the groundbreaking for the new park.

In December, Oregon City commissioners are expected to consider whether to approve the Hazel Grove Park name.


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