Oregon State Parks gives Estacada $350,000 for Wade Creek Park
by: Contributed Graphic, An artist rendition of Wade Creek Park shows how the City proposes a skate park, wildlife areas, a playground and restrooms.

A grant worth almost $350,000 for construction of Wade Creek Park increased the City of Estacada's total in grants received this fiscal year to more than $2.75 million.

Oregon State Parks and Recreation Department told the City of Estacada recently that it would pay $345,000 to create Wade Creek Park on a parcel of land surrounding Wade Creek Pond, next to the new Estacada Public Library.

The Estacada Parks and Recreation Commission will host a series of public meetings to discuss the park's options and which aspects the grant will cover.

The commission's next regular meeting is Wednesday, June 28, at 7 p.m. at City Hall, 475 S.E. Main Street.

The park grant was the latest of a long list of grants the City received since July 1, 2005.

The largest was awarded by the Oregon Department of Transportation to beautify Highway 224 through downtown Estacada, and make it safer for pedestrians. That grant was worth $1.4 million.

City Manager Randy Ealy explained that though the City has received confirmation of more than $2.75 million, it does not mean the City has already collected those funds.

Other grants include $30,000 to the Estacada Tourism Committee, $235,000 for the Fourth Street realignment project and $536,500 to the Estacada Library Foundation.

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