|County hearing on Hoodland Park District set for Jan. 6 posted on 01/01/2022|
Clackamas County Commissioners will take comments regarding
the proposed Hoodland Park District at the Thursday, Jan. 6 business meeting.
The meeting will be both in-person and virtual and will
begin at 10 a.m.
The proposed district, which will be decided on by voters in
the May election, would encompass approximately 20,000 acres, including the
communities of Sleepy Hollow, Brightwood, Wemme, Welches, Zigzag, Rhododendron,
Government Camp and Wapinitia, and feature a board of directors that will be
elected on the same ballot.
Regina Lythgoe, one of the district’s organizers, hopes that
the board can feature members from throughout the district, if formed.
“It would be nice to have representation from all of our
communities,” she said.
If formed, the district would receive three parcels of land
on Salmon River Road from Clackamas County and would develop the Dorman Center
site as a community park.
Possible amenities could include a pavilion, playground,
walking trails, extended community garden, bike pump track, skate park, dog
park, space for farmers market, restrooms and onsite security.
The district would be funded by a local property tax,
proposed to be at approximately 67 cents per $1,000 of assessed value
(resulting in approximately $200 per year on a house with an assessed value of
Some community members in the Government Camp area expressed
reservations about the district, with a survey by the Government Camp Community
Planning Organization revealing 84 percent of respondents opposing its
A report suggested that the district exclude the communities
of Government Camp, Summit Meadows and Wapinitia.
Kimberly Dinwiddie, Clackamas County Public Information
Officer and Policy Liaison, told The Mountain Times that the commissioners
could modify the petition that succeeded in obtaining enough signatures to put
the district on the May ballot.
Lythgoe noted that the district’s current boundaries are based
on the boundaries for the Welches Schools and that the district’s improvements
would help everyone.
“It benefits both sides,” she said. “It’s considered the
Lythgoe added that the district’s organizers are expected to
meet with a campaign coordinator in January to map out a timeline to help in
the run up to the election.
If the district fails to form, the parcels of land on Salmon
River Road will be sold by Clackamas County.
By Garth Guibord/MT