On June 29th, 2016 the Enhancement Grant Program Committee met to review 18 grant applications and award $210,000 in funds. Funding is generated from a $1 surcharge collected on each ton of garbage taken in at Metro South on Washington Street and is used for projects that rehabilitate, improve and enhance areas within Oregon City limits.
The recipients are:
- Clackamas Heritage Partners ($23,800) for An Oregon nature trail experience at the End of the Oregon Trail Center.
- Depave ($13,000) for an outdoor classroom at Clackamas Academy of Industrial Sciences Campus.
- Girl Scout Troop 45064 $4,999) for creating an implementation strategy to help plan future investment in LaTourette Park.
- Great Oregon City Watershed Council ($25,000) for Mountain View Cemetery Scattering Canyon water quality project.
- Hallandale Pickleball Club ($24,557) for a regional pickle-ball court upgrade at Hallandale Park.
- Home Orchard Society ($21,962) will do upgrades to the community orchard located on the Clackamas Community College campus.
- Main Street Oregon City ($13,000) is purchasing a community event sound system and ($24,000) for the Downtown Clean Team and tree lighting maintenance.
- The Library Foundation was rewarded ($16,981) for replacing and restoring the entry stairs of the Carnegie Library.
- Oregon City Trail Alliance ($12,000) for historic bike rack design and manufacturing.
- River of Life Center/Clackamas Community College ($19,500) for site improvements and vegetation clearing for safety and public access to the Environmental Learning Center.
- Three Rivers Artist Guild ($2,000) for funding support for the Festival of the Arts.
- Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1324 ($15,344) for facade renovations to the Veterans Memorial building.
THESE grants are available EVERY YEAR! The Enhancement Grant Program is one way that Oregon City supports critical neighborhood projects and helps fulfill the community’s vision. Interested? GO FOR IT! We are collectively looking forward to seeing local entrepreneurs reach for the stars and businesses expand into our community providing jobs for our citizens without the need to commute very far.
Kristina Browning is an Oregon City real estate agent, designer & Vice Chair of the Caufield Neighborhood Association in Oregon City.