Sahalee Park to expand


by: Illustration by Walker Macy - Sahalee Park as envisioned by consultanting firm Walker Macy of Portland.

   City officials are excited about a proposal for the expansion of Sahalee Park, which was expected to be presented to the Madras City Council Tuesday night.
   The proposal, by Walker Macy of Portland, the city's consulting firm, would nearly double the park and add a pavilion, three smaller picnic shelters, a spray pool, and walking paths, as well as a pioneer memorial.
   Eighth Street, between B and C streets will be vacated, and the park will expand onto property to the east, donated by the Bean Foundation.
   "The Bean Foundation and the Parks Commission have been working with Walker Macy over the past two months," said City Administrator Mike Morgan, noting that the project is part of the city's park master plan.
   If the City Council approves the plan, Morgan said, the city will get a quote for a scope of work contract for an architect, and then bid the project.
   He estimates that the project, which might take two years to complete, will cost about $750,000, which will be funded by park system development charges on new construction in the city, grants and fund-raisers.
   In addition to the land, the Bean Foundation contributed about $20,000 for design and construction of the pioneer memorial, which will be part of the pavilion area.
   "The area has a rich history related to the water and our pioneer heritage," Morgan commented.
   "By enlarging the park, it makes more of a civic center park," he said. "The idea presented by Walker Macy of having a water feature celebrates the relationship of Madras with the modern water supply of Opal Springs, and the even older history of people coming down to Willow Creek to get their drinking water."