Lincoln City Parks and Recreation is building a new park in the wooded area near SE 3rd Street and Keel Avenue and The City of Lincoln City is sponsoring a contest to give it a name.
Lincoln City is sponsoring the “Name our New Park” contest and will award the winner with a year-long pass to the Lincoln City Community Center. Name ideas will need to be entered via application for review by the Parks & Recreation Board, the City Manager and Lincoln City City Council. Contestants are asked to contact Parks & Recreation Ambassador LoRee LaFon at [email protected] for an application.
Starting around Oct. 7, weather dependent, a small section of 20 trees will be thinned in the portion of SE 3rd St. and Keel, on the west side near the dead end.
According to Parks & Recreation officials, selective thinning of dense trees will allow for a play area and will be beneficial for the forest surrounding the area as it opens up the canopy to allow healthy understory growth to develop.
The project will use a method of tree removal that will minimize damage to other trees and the environment, Parks & Recreation staff said.
Trails will be built from the dead end area of SE Keel Ave. east into the park land, and south from SE 3rd Street. These trails will lead to a “Story Circle” area, which will feature logs and boulders as a sitting area.
Lincoln City Parks & Recreation maintenance staff will lay the trail, surfaced with wood chips derived from the tree-thinning project.
Lincoln City is the first city in Oregon to be funded for this park project via a grant from the National Recreation and Parks Association and the Disney Corporation.
Lincoln City Parks & Recreation is hosting a “Trail Party and Picnic” at the new site, on Saturday, Oct. 26, during which volunteers will lay the final materials on the trail. The public is invited to attend this event.
Lincoln City Parks & Recreation has plans to further develop the park, which may include more trails, a dog park and a viewing station of the wetlands. There will be opportunities for the public to give input during park planning.
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