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Plan update expected to be complete in October; city will launch online survey later this month

ESTACADA NEWS PHOTO: EMILY LINDSTRAND - The area near this stretch of the Clackamas River is one of the spots that will be included in the city of Estacada's updated parks master plan.

City leaders are encouraging those who live in the Estacada area to share their vision for the city's parks.

After receiving a $40,000 grant from the Oregon State Parks and Recreation Department, the city is in the process of updating its parks master plan.

The plan was last updated in 2004. The new plan, expected to be complete around October of this year, will outline the next 10-15 years of projects for Estacada parks.

In order to facilitate a conversation about what the master plan should include, a survey will be available later this month on the city's website, www.cityofestacada.org. Additionally, the city will host

an open house later in the summer so those interested can provide additional feedback.

Melanie Wagner, assistant to the city manager and project manager, noted that the city seeks feedback from a wide range of people.

"We really want people's ideas and opinions," she said. "Even people outside of city limits can participate. Everyone in the Estacada area can use these parks."

Wagner hopes the online survey and open house make it easy for people to participate in the brainstorming process.

"Sometimes it can be hard to get to meetings, but with the open house, people can come and go," she added.

The details of the open house will be announced at a later date.

One element that will be included in the plan is a concept design for the waterfront park along Lakeshore Drive, which Wagner is particularly excited about.

"It's really underutilized now," she said. "People don't drive past it and think, 'I should walk down there,' because it's a hidden asset."

She believes that the park will be a valuable resource for people who wish to explore nature.

"We hope to provide more access to the (Clackamas) River, and create opportunities and nice amenities to enjoy nature," she said. "(The park is) right there. Most people could walk to it from anywhere downtown."

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