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Park district hosting public meeting on Rilee Park

The Chehalem Park and Recreation District is moving forward with plans to develop its 300-plus acre property on Parrett Mountain into Bob and Crystal Rilee Park and is holding a public meeting at 6 p.m. Sept. 1 to update the community on the project.

CPRD has contracted with W.H. Pacific to help with portions of the master planning process for the park and the company will help present an overview of the 300-plus acre property, including the results of the environmental assessment report it has created.

“We’re doing some master planning and want to let the neighbors know what’s going on, just keeping in touch,” CPRD Superintendent Don Clements said.

Representatives from CPRD have also been meeting with the Yamhill County Board of Commissioners regarding its request for a zoning change from agricultural to park land and will present an update on that process.

The application is set to go before the commission at its Aug. 25 meeting.

CPRD hopes to allow events with a maximum of 100 people to be held at the park, with no amplified sound permitted after 10 p.m., but Clements said the county wanted to require that the park have no sound system whatsoever as a condition of the zoning change.

“We’re working with the county commissioners on that,” Clements said. “We’ve reached no decision right now. There are certain requirements that we still haven’t finished.”

The meeting will be held at the park’s farmhouse, located at 10500 Parrett Mountain Road, and also cover the process for forming a trails master plan for the property.

The use of trails, including equestrian trails, will remain open and will be unaffected by the zoning change.

Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue will also participate in a discussion on issues related to fire prevention and control.

For more information, call CPRD spokeswoman Kat Ricker at 971-832-4222.