Project to build a courtyard before the CCC is on track to be completed by months end

On a recent rainy afternoon, the Newberg Cultural District forecourt appears plain, lifeless. But upon closer inspection the area is actually quite intricate as the Sheridan Street project approaches completion.

“We’re pretty close to being done out here,” said Jason Wuertz, project manager. “It’s pretty cool.”

The NCD is a multi-group project aiming to create a “living room” for Newberg in front of the Chehalem Cultural Center. It was originally slated for completion Dec. 1, but with freezing temperatures and storms throughout October, November and December, the project was delayed. Now, Wuertz said the project is on track for completion in GARY ALLEN - Newberg's living room - Crews are finishing up work on the courtyard on Sheridan Street in front of the Chehalem Cultural Center. The facility features intricate brick work and the street can be closed down.

“The streets are poured, the curbs are in, there’s a little bit of sidewalk left to do on the end, we’re finishing the pavers in here, the landscaping has to be done, but it’s really the finer details,” he said.

Such as the “wall” lining the front of the CCC. After being redone, the large stone feature is nearly completed and ready for a water feature to be installed.

“There’s water features that come out; right now it’s just pipes coming out,” he said. “It’s a metal feature called a runnel. The water does something neat through it so when it’s raining in Oregon, like it often does, you can see it and it drops into a hole.”

The wall will also double as seating.

“This whole area can fill with people,” Wuertz said. “If you have a festival or farmers’ market, Tunes on Tuesday, people can sit along there.”

Aside from some finishing touches, all that remains is removing the last utility pole from the forecourt.

“It will open this whole area up,” he said.

As for a grand opening, Wuertz said there’s nothing quite planned yet.

“We haven’t talked about it as far as a date and who will be there, but there’s so many players in this job, the (Chehalem Park and Recreation District), the cultural district, I think there’s some interest in that. We’ll definitely do a ribbon cutting or a grand opening,” he said. “We’re excited. It’s been a good project. It’ll be cool to have people out here.”

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