Willamette Falls Heritage Area public meeting set for Tuesday, June 21
A broad coalition of local partners, including the cities of Oregon City and West Linn, Clackamas County, the Grand Ronde, and several non-profit organizations and private-sector companies have been collaborating over the past five years to explore what a National Heritage Area designation would mean if applied to the area along the Willamette River between the mouths of the Tualatin and Clackamas rivers.
The Willamette Falls Heritage Area Coalition will host a public meeting on Tuesday, June 21, at the Museum of the Oregon Territory, 211 Tumwater Dr., Oregon City, in meet with residents and business owners. A business-oriented meeting will be held at 8 a.m., and a more residentially focused meeting will begin at 7 p.m. Details can be found at www.wfheritage.org/events.html.
"The Willamette Falls Heritage Area Coalition is an effort to gather local stakeholders together in order to share our local story with a national audience," said Lloyd Purdy, coalition member and executive director of Main Street Oregon City.
According to coalition founder and co-chair Alice Norris (former mayor of Oregon City), the coalition's strength is in its collaborative nature. 'The coalition is a true partnerships of local governments, non-profits, and private companies who share a passion for the Willamette Falls and its stories,' she said.
National Heritage Areas are places around the country where natural, cultural, and scenic resources combine to form a cohesive, nationally important landscape arising from patterns of human activity shaped by geography. Congress designates national Heritage Areas and the National Park Service provides technical and limited financial assistance.