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Oregon will schedule hearings this year to gather more input from residents on the proposed redevelopment of South Shore Veterans Park.

City Administrator Mike Beazley said the hearings are planned for September, October and November.

“There’s some engineering analysis going on. We wanted to wait until we were completed with part of that process before we moved forward with the decisions on the park itself. We have a number of ideas of what we could do with the park itself,” he said.

Ideas offered at previous meetings include a splash pad, gazebos, enhancement of the Haley Boardwalk, development of a natural beach area, facilitating the launch of kayaks or stand-up paddle boards, a fishing pier or short dock, sand volleyball, and relocating Fire Station No.3 from its current location about a mile from the park to the southeast corner of the park. Nothing so far has been taken off the table other than the installation of a swimming pool, he said.

“We don’t think a swimming pool is the direction the city wants to go in. We’re thinking something more practical is a splash pad,” said Beazley.


Relocating Bay Shore
Mayor Mike Seferian said a top priority is relocating Bay Shore Road further south from the lake so that most of the park property will have uninterrupted access to the lake.

“That’s the first decision we’re going to have to make before we proceed with anything else,” he said.

Headed east on Bay Shore Road, approaching the Haley Boardwalk, the road would curve in a southerly direction toward the rear of the park, then end on Stadium Road, if it were relocated, explained Seferian. “That would put most of that park right on the water, because you have to cross Bay Shore Road right now to access the lake. So we would eliminate that part of Bay Shore. All that park in front of the Haley Boardwalk would be lakefront property.”

Raising the land by about 12 feet would offer a better view of the lake, he added.

“We want to be able to feature a picnic area, a place to go, and have good visibility of the lake,” said Seferian. “By building up the land there, raising it about 12 feet so that the whole park is on a hill, you would be able to see the lake with a better perspective.”

Some of the dirt could come from a project to make a relief ditch along high tension lines that cross Pickle Road up to Navarre Avenue along Toledo Edison property, said Seferian.

“We have some issues with drainage there so we’re going to make a relief ditch and remove a lot of dirt. We can mound some of the dirt along the banks where we’re building the ditch. But we could move the other dirt to the park. We also have the option of using dredged material from the shipping channel in the lake to build up the park,” he said.

“All of that is in the process of happening. That dirt is going to start being moved in 2018, so we have to finalize the decisions of what we’re going to do in the park. A lot of things are happening at the same time. Whatever way we improve the park, we have to be ready to do it in 2018.”

The estimated cost to relocate Bay Shore Road and make some of the other improvements is between $500,000 and $700,000, said Seferian.

“We believe there is money available from the state and possibly the federal government on some of these improvements that help the lake,” he said.

 

Budget process
The hearings are planned later in the year to tie them into the budget making process for next year. Any decisions that are made regarding the South Shore Veterans Park redevelopment would get funded by the budget, said Beazley.

“We’ll get input from the community during the hearings during the budget preparation season, and make decisions so we can move forward,” he said.

The previous hearings on the park have been well attended by residents interested in providing input and shaping the project

“There’s been a lot of interest. Residents from the park area, and the city as a whole, are interested in what kind of opportunity is there, and are looking at ways to make the park more attractive and more desirable for residents,” said Beazley.

will schedule hearings this year to gather more input from residents on the proposed redevelopment of South Shore Veterans Park. 

City Administrator Mike Beazley said the hearings are planned for September, October and November.

“There’s some engineering analysis going on. We wanted to wait until we were completed with part of that process before we moved forward with the decisions on the park itself. We have a number of ideas of what we could do with the park itself,” he said.

Ideas offered at previous meetings include a splash pad, gazebos, enhancement of the Haley Boardwalk, development of a natural beach area, facilitating the launch of kayaks or stand-up paddle boards, a fishing pier or short dock, sand volleyball, and relocating Fire Station No.3 from its current location about a mile from the park to the southeast corner of the park. Nothing so far has been taken off the table other than the installation of a swimming pool, he said. 

“We don’t think a swimming pool is the direction the city wants to go in. We’re thinking something more practical is a splash pad,” said Beazley.

Relocating Bay ShoreMayor Mike Seferian said a top priority is relocating Bay Shore Road further south from the lake so that most of the park property will have uninterrupted access to the lake.

“That’s the first decision we’re going to have to make before we proceed with anything else,” he said.

Headed east on Bay Shore Road, approaching the Haley Boardwalk, the road would curve in a southerly direction toward the rear of the park, then end on Stadium Road, if it were relocated, explained Seferian. “That would put most of that park right on the water, because you have to cross Bay Shore Road right now to access the lake. So we would eliminate that part of Bay Shore. All that park in front of the Haley Boardwalk would be lakefront property.”

Raising the land by about 12 feet would offer a better view of the lake, he added. 

“We want to be able to feature a picnic area, a place to go, and have good visibility of the lake,” said Seferian. “By building up the land there, raising it about 12 feet so that the whole park is on a hill, you would be able to see the lake with a better perspective.”

Some of the dirt could come from a project to make a relief ditch along high tension lines that cross Pickle Road up to Navarre Avenue along Toledo Edison property, said Seferian.

“We have some issues with drainage there so we’re going to make a relief ditch and remove a lot of dirt. We can mound some of the dirt along the banks where we’re building the ditch. But we could move the other dirt to the park. We also have the option of using dredged material from the shipping channel in the lake to build up the park,” he said.

“All of that is in the process of happening. That dirt is going to start being moved in 2018, so we have to finalize the decisions of what we’re going to do in the park. A lot of things are happening at the same time. Whatever way we improve the park, we have to be ready to do it in 2018.” 

The estimated cost to relocate Bay Shore Road and make some of the other improvements is between $500,000 and $700,000, said Seferian.

“We believe there is money available from the state and possibly the federal government on some of these improvements that help the lake,” he said. 

Budget processThe hearings are planned later in the year to tie them into the budget making process for next year. Any decisions that are made regarding the South Shore Veterans Park redevelopment would get funded by the budget, said Beazley.

“We’ll get input from the community during the hearings during the budget preparation season, and make decisions so we can move forward,” he said.

The previous hearings on the park have been well attended by residents interested in providing input and shaping the project.

“There’s been a lot of interest. Residents from the park area, and the city as a whole, are interested in what kind of opportunity is there, and are looking at ways to make the park more attractive and more desirable for residents,” said Beazley.

 

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