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Estacada rolls out second phase of cycling plaza

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - A concept design sketch, designed by architect Stephen Shibley shows the expansion of the Estacada Cycling Plaza. City Council approved funding for the expansion at its Feb. 8 meeting.

City leaders are working to make Estacada more bike-friendly.

At its Feb. 8 meeting, the Estacada City Council approved $28,000 from the city’s Parks and Recreation system development charge fund to be used for completion of the second phase of the Estacada Station Cycling Plaza, a project organized by the Estacada Development Association.

Previously, at its Sept. 9 meeting, the Estacada Parks and Recreation Commission voted to recommend that council fund up to $28,000 from park SDCs to finish the plaza.

The plaza, at the corner of Broadway Street and Highway 224, includes a water fountain, bike racks, a bicycle repair station, a seating area and a restroom.

The second phase of the project will see the completion of the landscape and signage of the cycling plaza.

It will expand the plaza to include a picnic table, a colored concrete wall and plants.

It will also make the facility ADA accessible.

At the City Council meeting, Dave Piper, treasurer of the Estacada Development Association, said the association had three goals for the second phase of the project:

  • To attract more cyclists to the plaza;
  • To create a small gathering place; and,
  • To create a gateway to Broadway Street.
  • In addition to being a park for local residents to enjoy, Piper said the association hopes visitors will be welcomed to Estacada with the cycling plaza.

    “We want it to be a guide for those not familiar with Estacada,” Piper said. “We want them to be able to easily find businesses and other points of interest.”

    Jae Chun, a member of the Estacada Parks and Recreation Commission and co-owner of Get & Go, 346 Highway 211, said that having the completed cycling plaza will be valuable in bringing people to Estacada.

    “It will give cyclists a place where they can rest up,” he said.

    This will be particularly valuable because of the city’s proximity to the start of the Cascading Rivers Scenic Bikeway, a 70-mile route that takes riders from Estacada to Detroit along the Clackamas and Breitenbush rivers.

    The bikeway was officially designated by the Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission in 2014.

    Work in the second phase of the cycling plaza will be completed by the Timberlake Job Corps and a local contractor, and construction will begin as soon as weather allows.

    Phase three, the final phase of the project, will consist of the installation of an information system consisting of a map of downtown Estacada and its major businesses, as well as other local points of interest, such as Philip Foster Farm.

    Piper said the Development Association has applied for grants for the final phase and is waiting to hear back.

    The association hopes to have work on the cycling plaza completed by July 1.

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