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Sandy forges ahead with Community Campus ideas posted on 03/01/2023

A long-awaited revamp of the old Cedar Ridge Middle School (CRMS) campus is finally underway. Through Thursday, March 9, the City of Sandy will ask area residents to contribute input on developing a new park and recreational facility in downtown Sandy through an online survey.

Sandy Parks and Recreation Director Rochelle Anderholm-Parsch stressed the importance of getting feedback on what the public wants out of the property.

“We would love to hear about how [community members] want to get in there and use that space,” she said.

Following the relocation of CRMS to the campus of the old Sandy High School building on Bluff Road, the city purchased the ten-acre property from the Oregon Trail School District in 2016 with plans to convert it into a hub for community and recreation. This vision is set to become a reality in early 2025 when construction is anticipated to be complete.

Until March 9, Sandy’s Parks and Recreation department will host an online survey where locals can contribute ideas for the property. Previous feedback has sparked interest in developing a new skate park, bicycle pump track, permanent restrooms and picnic shelters.

Anderholm-Parsch also clarified that the city hopes to see more input from the younger demographic to cater the design of the campus toward more people.  Currently, the campus is in the early stages of development and a concrete plan and budget have not yet been created. The city’s 2022 Parks Master Plan did indicate a need for a new park development in the northeast sector of Sandy – something that was anticipated at the site’s purchase in 2016.

Funding for the project will be pulled from leftover funds from the property purchase, a fund comprised of development fees paid to the city that is earmarked for park development and an expected grant from the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.

As far as the rest of the CRMS property, the city won’t rush to renovate. The Olin Y. Bignall Aquatic Center has been deemed too dilapidated to feasibly repair and will require complete rebuilding in the event that the community desires an aquatic center.

Other buildings on the property are being occupied by SandyNet and are not currently on the docket for rebuilding.

As the city continues to finalize the plan for the community campus, they will seek more feedback and publish information.

More details can be found on the city’s parks and recreation website at www.ci.sandy.or.us/parks-rec.

By Ty Tilden/MT





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