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City receives grant to build second covered shelter in McCormick Park

SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: NICOLE THILL - A covered picnic shelter in McCormick Park. The city will build a second covered shelter by next summer thanks to a $15,810 matching grant from Oregon Parks and Recreation.McCormick Park will be the home to a second covered picnic structure by next summer thanks to a $15,810 grant from the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department grant. The city of St. Helens announced the grant award during a City Council work session on Wednesday, Sept. 21.The grant funds will be used to purchase a 20-by-30 steel gable shelter to be placed in the park, making it the second covered structure in one of the city's largest and most frequently used parks. The city is required to match close to 50 percent of the overall project cost, and will do so through physical labor by preparing the site, pouring the foundation and completing the installation of the shelter, grant documents state.

City staff report that the park's only picnic shelter is often reserved for months at a time during the summer, making it difficult for families and social groups to host events without scheduling conflicts or using other facilities. Adding a second picnic shelter will allow more people to use the outdoor space the park has to offer. The purchase and installation of the structure is expected to be completed by the summer of 2017.