The future is in the hands of those who can give tomorrow’s generations valid reasons to live and hope. —Pierre Teilhard DeChardin
May my annual roundup of Oregon City’s GOOD NEWS give you optimism during these challenging times!
• South End Fire Station opened on July 1st with fanfare, as Oregon City officially annexed to Clackamas Fire District #1. Our city is now safer with 24/7 fire and emergency medical coverage in the southern sector of our city.
• We will soon have a new city hall! Upon recommendation from the Urban Renewal Commission,the City Commission voted to purchase the former McLean Clinic to relieve the severe crowding in our current facility. Today’s city hall, bought in 1980 as an interim facility, will be remodeled for Police & Court Operations.
• Jon Storm Park will open soon on our Willamette waterfront (river overlook, walkways, picnic shelter), as will the first segment of the Willamette River Trail, a 12’ wide multi-use non-motorized path connecting our two river parks with the Clackamas River Trail.
• Check out artist Michael Asbill’s lenticular prints inside the deck and tunnel of our municipal Elevator, now undergoing Phase 1 of an extensive refurbishment. These unique photos are creating quite a positive buzz from the 11,000 riders & visitors who use the elevator each month.
• Main Street Oregon City, a partnership with Clackamas County and our business community, has been launched as a strategy to revitalize our historic downtown.
• Clackamas County is also a partner in a parking study for the downtown and 7th Street areas, to determine parking improvements in and around our downtown core.
• Our police department has added a 2nd K-9 unit (Jagger) and a bicycle officer to assist in continuing to lower Oregon City’s crime rate.
• We eliminated Night Court, which reduced overtime by $8,000, reduced building costs, and freed up badly needed meeting space.
• Our swimming pool is logging record numbers of swim visits: 81,801 last year, with 35,101 visits for swim lessons and 19,680 for adult lap and water exercise.
• We added five citizen members to our Urban Renewal Commission, expanding it to 10.
• If our current negotiations on development agreements for The Cove and The Rivers are successful, CenterCal will break ground on The Rivers project by year’s end and The Cove construction should begin next year. But much work remains as we craft agreements that insure fairness and mitigate risks where possible to all parties.
• McLoughlin Boulevard is finally getting her $7.6 million upgrade. At completion next summer, you will see new sidewalks, landscaped medians, multi-use path, 465 new trees, 992 shrubs and 2991 groundcover plantings, an overlook with benches and sculpture, safe pedestrian crossings, and a much-heralded reconnection to our riverfront.
Thank you for supporting your City and its revitalization programs!