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Chief Concomly Park in Scappoose sees new restrooms, gazebo installed as park slowly develops

SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: COURTNEY VAUGHN - A construction crew from Tapani Inc. surveys the area immediately surrounding a recently installed restroom at Chief Concomly Park in Scappoose.The presence of hardhats and dump trucks on a site next to a gargantuan oak tree signaled progress at the newest park in Scappoose.

Chief Concomly Park — an undeveloped parcel off Southwest 4th Street directly adjacent to the Scappoose Creek Apartments — is slowly taking shape.

A pre-fabricated bathroom structure was recently placed on the site and, toward the west end of the park, the trusses on a new gazebo can be spotted.

The 3.5-acre plot of land was designated a new city park earlier this year by the Scappoose City Council. One of the most notable features of the park is a large oak tree that provides shade during sunny months. City officials estimate the tree to be hundreds of years old. In fact, the park was nearly named after the tree, but councilors instead opted for a name that paid homage to the city's Native American history.

Initially dubbed Tomee Park, after a daughter of Native American Chief Concomly, who was said to have later married Thomas McKay, councilors changed the name quickly thereafter, citing historical inaccuracies and the inability to verify the history or spelling of the name.

Councilors decided to re-name the park after Chief Concomly, a name which also has variant spellings across historical references.

Construction and installation is being completed by Tapani Inc. of Battle Ground, Washington.

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