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Funding approved for Visionary Park, statue

The city of Troutdale will spend $60,000 to create a space in Visionary Park for a donated statue of Sam Hill and Sam Lancaster, the two men credited with making the Historic Columbia River Highway possible.

The City Council favored this option, but wanted input from the Parks Advisory Committee. With committee approval, city staff were directed to move forward with the cleanup of Visionary Park, an undeveloped space at the intersection of Historic Columbia River Highway and Southeast Jackson Road. This will include demolition of an old structure on site, along with rock work and ground preparation to accommodate the statue created by Troutdale sculptor Rip Caswell.

“So, we’ll move forward,” said Mayor Doug Daoust. “I like things like that, moving forward.”

The statue will be the first piece toward the creation of an art-focused park that will replace a decrepit building.

“I see an opportunity there with that corner,” Caswell said at the June 23 council meeting, reminding the council this is not the first piece of art he’s donated to the city. “I guess, why change that policy. I’ll do what I can to gift this to the city. I just need a place to put it. My goal has always been to leave Troutdale better than I found it.”

The statue also will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Historic Columbia River Highway.

The council did not mention when work will begin, but the plan is to have the statue in place as soon as possible.


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