Madrone Wall County Funds Preserved!

Date: 7/24/2009

On July 21, the Clackamas County Parks Advisory Board voted unanimously to retain the budgeted $70,000 for phase one of the Madrone Wall park implementation.

With only a little over a week available, the climbing community flooded County staff with appeals to reject a June 2009 County Parks proposal to re-allocate the $70,000 for an unrelated land purchase. The volume of your input and our community’s sustained appeal to the County made a substantial difference in moving the park creation effort forward.

Thank you very much for your input; it appears to have made a difference at this critical juncture!

The Madrone Wall Preservation Committee (MWPC) needs your assistance to open Madrone Wall to the public. Earlier in 2009, Clackamas County allocated 70,000 towards development of a parking area and facilities and the MWPC has over $35,000 available in volunteer labor costs to carry out the project. However, the Madrone Wall project did not receive a matching grant through the Oregon State Parks Local Government Grant Program, which would have provided an additional $100,000. Unfortunately, without matching funds, Clackamas County may decide to re-allocate precious funds. With the current economic situation, public access could be delayed even longer. However, Clackamas County has other potential resources such as the Oregon National Guard to find creative ways to reduce the funding needs and start construction of the access road and parking area in the near future. Please show your support with a letter to the Clackamas County Commissions and County Parks Staff requesting their support in moving forward with timely park creation with the money that has already been budgeted in the current fiscal year. Please submit your e-mail by July 20, 2009 for the upcoming July 21st County Parks Advisory Board meeting. If you are interested in providing our input in person, the meeting will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday 21 July at the Stonecreek Golf Club at 14603 South Stoneridge Drive, Oregon City, Oregon 97045 (www.stonecreekgolfclub.net).