Before former Oak Lodge Sanitary District Board President William Wild died Feb. 8, one of life’s accomplishments was his leadership in getting overwhelming voter approval of the new $44 million sewage-treatment plant completed last year.

After the board passed a resolution last week, the approximately one-acre area around that Water Reclamation Facility is named William J. Wild Park in honor of his dedication to the project in particular, as well as his service to the greater community. He had served on the Clackamas County Coordinating Committee, the Metro Policy Advisory Committee, McLoughlin Area Plan committee and was active in the Oak Grove Community Council.

by: PHOTO BY: DAVID GRAY - Oak Lodge Sanitary District Counsel Clark Balfour (standing left) administers the oath of office to Lynn Fisher. Looking on from far left, are General Manager Michael Read, directors Tom Foeller, Terry Gibson, Jim Martin and newly elected Vice President Ginny Van Loo.Current OLSD Board President Terry John Gibson noted that the board has yet to select a designer or a contractor for the park’s development. Gilbson, a landscape architect, has ideas for a bench, walking path and interpretive signs as part of a “meditative” escape from more active parks with play structures or tennis courts. However, any ideas the community brings forward will be considered.

“There will be public input on the design as we proceed, and many opportunities for the community to volunteer their efforts to make this park a worthy commemoration of William’s devotion to the community,” Gibson said.

Also at the regular meeting March 11, board members appointed Lynn Fisher to fill the position left empty by Wild’s passing.

“I have always been impressed with the quality of both staff and the board, and I felt that I wanted to be part of the organization and also I think that I can contribute to the continued success of the district,” Fisher said.

Fisher has been serving on OLSD’s Healthy Watersheds Committee and its Budget Committee.

“Lynn also serves on the District Advisory Board for the North Clackamas Parks & Recreation District, making his presence a valuable addition to the board as we expand our partnership with the NCPRD on the Boardman-Rinearson Wetlands project,” Gibson said.

Director Tom Foeller has expressed his interest in resigning from the board in order to pursue his “bucket list,” so there remains another opportunity for a citizen to serve the community. Gibson is encouraging business people, women and people of color to submit applications, available at and at the OLSD office, 14611 S.E. River Road. Applications from any registered voter in Oak Grove or Jennings Lodge will be considered on a rolling basis.

Wild’s memorial service and reception will begin 1 p.m. Saturday, March 29, at Stehn Family Chapels, 2906 S.E. Harrison St., Milwaukie. The William Wild Memorial Fund has been established to commemorate his service; to donate, visit any Key Bank or contact Manager Karen Lotz at 14888 S.E. McLoughlin Blvd., Oak Grove.

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