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Summer concerts return to Wood Village park double-fold

City partners with local Eagles lodge to bring more music, people to park


Summer concerts are returning to the park in Wood Village, and this time with twice as much music.

The Wood Village City Council voted unanimously on Tuesday, March 25, at the city’s regular council meeting, to approve a concert series that will take place on eight consecutive Sundays over the course of the summer at Donald L. Robertson Park.

The city is partnering with the Wood Village Fraternal Order of the Eagles to host the event.

Last summer, the Eagles worked with the city to pilot the idea of bringing in local bands to play at the park’s newly built gazebo. Four concerts were held every other Wednesday evening at the gazebo.

However, attendance was low and the city’s support was limited, said Greg Dirks, Wood Village records manager.

This year, the Eagles expressed interest in formally partnering with the city to expand the event.

“The hope is it grows into something more and there will be other weekend activities in the park for people to enjoy,” Dirks said.

Music-lover and Eagles lodge President Carl Wilson told the city he is willing to book the bands each week and secure a sound system.

The city, in turn, will promote the concerts, reserve the gazebo, pay the $200 for each band, and solicit local businesses for sponsorships.

Wilson also proposed switching the concerts to Sunday afternoon to lure a larger crowd.

“We have a brand new park there, and it’s not being used,” Wilson said. “Sunday afternoon we get people in the park walking their dogs, or doing this or that, but we are not

really utilizing the park, especially on Sunday. So from 2 to 5 p.m. we are going to have music in the park.”

Named after the former Wood Village mayor, Donald L. Robertson Park is located at 24100 N.E. Halsey St. and includes a playground, basketball court, grass fields, boardwalk and wetlands nature preserve.

The proposed dates for the family friendly summer concerts are Sundays, June 15, 22, and 29; July 13, 20, and 27; and Aug. 3 and 10.

Music will alternate between the Portland Youth Philharmonic band, scheduled to play four dates, and traditional bands ranging from blues, country and rock ’n’ roll, as well as Spanish music.

Wilson said being a former road musician made it easier for him to pick the bands versus having someone else do it.

He’s also interested in building community and working with the Wood Village council to do so.

“We want to do this for the community to let them know we are behind the people who live here 100 percent,” Wilson said, “And this is just one idea to give them something extra they’ve never had before.”

The Wood Village Eagles is the newest lodge in the area, Wilson said.

Still without a building to call home, the group is chartered as Fairview-Troutdale, but recently renamed itself the Wood Village Aerie No. 4515.

Wilson said the Eagles have had better reception with the City Council in Wood Village and in the past year have supported numerous volunteer-driven events for the city.

The group, made up of about 40 members who meet every two weeks at 7 p.m. in the Wood Village Council Chambers, has help host the city’s National Night Out, clean up day and annual Easter egg hunt. The Eagles also instituted a breakfast for veterans at the Wood Village Baptist Church.

As president, Wilson, who does not live in the area, but in Tillamook, said the group is interested in doing more volunteerism in the area and supporting the Eagles’ original mission as a charitable, philanthropic organization.

Wilson calls the partnership with Wood Village a “perfect pairing.”

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