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Lincoln City receives additional $750K for new park

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Soccer players and coaches thanking Rep. Gomberg
Soccer players and coaches thanking Rep. Gomberg (Photos by Lincoln City Parks and recreation)

Lincoln City Parks and Recreation will receive $750K from Oregon Parks and Recreation to continue development of a new 6.71 acre park in Taft.

The funding will allow the first community park to be built in south Lincoln City’s historic Taft District where the old Taft Elementary School once stood. Features of the new park will include turfed and surfaced multi-sport fields and courts, a large covered outdoor special event area, picnic shelters, restrooms, playground and an accessible walking path around the park.

“We are so excited,” Lincoln City Parks and Recreation Director Jeanne Sprague said. “Thank you to OPRD for understanding the value and need of a new community park in Lincoln City. This new park will offer health, wellness and many other benefits to our residents, visitors, and local economy. This OPRD funding is getting us to our goal of park construction.”

Site of the future park in Taft
Site of the future park in Taft

The needed new funding for the park by Oregon Parks and Recreation compliments the existing $1 million in State of Oregon funding State Rep. David Gomberg helped secure with House Bill 5202.

“I’m convinced the new Community Park in LC will become a staple of this community, providing much-needed recreational space, opportunities for our kids, and new business opportunities for the Central Coast,” Gomberg said. “This is a visionary use of the space and we’ll see the results for decades to come.”

“The voices in our community have asked to have this park built, we’re listening and we’re moving towards the goal line,” Sprague said. “The building of this community park in Taft is needed, public sports fields, sports courts and special event areas are needed, all of which will support our local economy.”

Lincoln City bought the land from Lincoln County School District for $422K in December 2020, having been in talks since 2008. Lincoln City Urban Renewal Agency built a 61-space parking lot in anticipation of the new park.

Phased steps in preparation of the final design will see Lincoln City parks and Rec working with Public Works to complete land surveys and the final demolition of the decommissioned Taft school maintenance shop. Landscape designs are slated to start this winter and the public will have a chance to have a say in park amenities.

Construction is planned to begin late 2023/early 2024.

These park funds come from a voter approved, State lottery funded grant program administrated by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. Typically, the program awards over $5 million annually to qualified projects, and has awarded over $60 million in grant funding since the program began in 1999. This year, OPRD allocated $25.2 million in grant funds for 24 proposals from cities, counties and parks districts from across Oregon. Lincoln City’s project ranked 13th of the 47 applications.

New community park development in Lincoln City

Justin Werner
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Justin Werner is publisher of Lincoln City Homepage and a journalist reporting news for Lincoln City, Oregon. When he's not wearing his reporter hat, you can find him enjoying the Oregon Coast with his wife and three children.

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2 COMMENTS

  1. I probably shouldn’t touch this one. But, then again…
    Don’t we live next to, what’s that sandy thing next to the salty water?
    Right, the Pacific Ocean and Oregon’s all public beaches.
    I have a park for everyone, and you can use it right now, volleyball
    net, firepits, free firewood, sandy play area, (if you’re afraid of sharks)
    play equipment, picnic benches, all the park stuff you could want, dog poo bags, all the s***. Right here on South West Coast street in the Olivia Beach subdivision, everyone’s favorite used car salesman, I mean builder Walker John said anyone can use the Olivia Beach park, I mean city street sweepers are already cleaning the streets in the Olivia Beach HOA, so it must be an area open to all county residents.
    Maybe I’m wrong, but you can’t really find out an answer by calling City Hall, because the 1 and only person who knows anything about city street sweepers cleaning the streets in an HOA subdivision is either on vacation or jury duty, even fellow co-workers haven’t seen this all knowing individual for as long as can be recalled.
    A park. Ok, maybe next time around the city will find somewhere to put some affordable housing that won’t be bought up by out of towners and turned into short term rentals. In the interim, feel free to use the Olivia Beach Public Park, lots of in street parking- and I mean that literally- in the street, nobody will care, or at least that’s the way it looks to me, someone who notices things that seem funny, well, not funny haha, but the other funny.

  2. Call it a “coincidence” but we got an answer about city street sweepers today, mere hours after my comment. See how things work?
    I’ve got more for another time-

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