Council pursues purchase of three acres abutting state park

West Linn residents near Mapleton Drive will soon have easier access to Mary S. Young State Park.

The city council convened briefly during a work session Monday to approve the purchase of three acres located at 4600 Mapleton Drive for $47,533.

The parcel of property was approved six years ago for a seven-lot subdivision, but the development never occurred and the property fell into arrears. Clackamas County recently foreclosed on it.

“From time to time the city has the opportunity to buy property foreclosed on by the county,” City Manager Chris Jordan told the council. “This property seemed attractive given the price.”

The parcel is heavily treed and drops in slope about 40 to 50 feet toward Nixon Avenue. The city hopes to construct a path or trail leading from Mapleton to the state park while leaving the rest of the property undisturbed.

Parks and Recreation Director Ken Worcester said the city currently does not have a good access to the park from that neighborhood and additional access to the park is included in the Robinwood neighborhood plan.

The price breaks down to about $15,000 an acre, far below the typical $150,000 an acre average in West Linn. The funds will come from the system development charges fund.

“This is a real good value for us,” Worcester said.

Once the city acquires the property and designates it as public space, the city must retain that designation and cannot flip or develop the property.

The city council unanimously voted to proceed with the purchase of the property.

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