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Oregon Equestrian Trails installs horse camps, other amenities at county's Camp Wilkerson park

PHOTO COURTESY OF COLUMBIA COUNTY - Members of the Columbia County chapter of Oregon Equestrian Trails gather around a newly dedicated plaque at Camp Wilkerson during a plaque dedication ceremony. The OET group installed horse camps at Camp Wilkerson, as well as an ADA-compliant ramp and shelter.

After paying for and installing horse camps at Camp Wilkerson in Rainier, the Columbia County chapter of Oregon Equestrian Trails was given a special tribute from county officials Wednesday afternoon.

A plaque honoring the installation of a horse camp area at the county-operated Camp Wilkerson park and campground was unveiled Wednesday, Sept. 20, during a dedication ceremony at the park.

The camp now has six pull-through sites for horses, some which can accommodate up to two motor homes or RV campers. Each of the sites has corrals that hold up to four horses. Sites are now also equipped with picnic tables and fire rings, and potable water spigots, a Columbia County news release notes. PHOTO COURTESY OF COLUMBIA COUNTY - Jan Greenhalgh, board administrator for Columbia County, speaks with Rory Hammond and Ron Ball of Oregon Equestrian Trails during a plaque dedication ceremony at Camp Wilkerson. The OET group installed horse camps at Camp Wilkerson, as well as an ADA-compliant ramp and shelter.

"This shows that ... the citizenry rolling up their sleeves can accomplish a lot for public parks," Columbia County Commissioner Henry Heimuller said Wednesday morning, prior to the dedication ceremony.

In addition to the pull-through sites, a disabled accessible mounting ramp and a shelter area was also installed at the park, with funds from the Leslie G. Ehmann Trust and additional funds and materials from OET.

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