Parks Department

 

The Parks Maintenance Department is responsible for the daily operation and maintenance of 18.64 acres of land that is sued for public park purposes.  The Department also oversees park development projects.

 

The Park Maintenance Department is funded primarily by state revenue sharing, in lieu of tax revenue, grants, donations and miscellaneous revenue.

 

The Parks Department is currently staffed by the Public Works Superintendent, Micah Rogers, and two Utility Workers. The Public Works Superintendent is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations and the development of the City parks, and for supervising the park maintenance staff. The department can be reached by calling (503) 366-0454, or faxing to (503) 366-2870, and their mailing address is PO Box 189, Columbia City, OR 97018. The City Shop is located at 1755 2nd Place. You can contact Micah directly through our online contact form.

 

The City has an active Parks Committee, and they meet as needed. Parks Committee Meeting Minutes are available on-line.

 

 

COLUMBIA CITY PARKS



Carolyn King Park (0.06 acres): This viewpoint park provides spectacular views of the Columbia River, Mt. St. Helens, and Mt. Adams. The park is located at the corner of Ninth and "K" Streets, and has a covered picnic table.

Columbia City Bike Path (5.39 acres): This popular bike path is used by walkers, bicyclists, joggers, and skaters. It extends along the west side of Highway 30 and then along the top of the bank along McBride Creek.

Datis Park (0.14 acres): This waterfront park is located on The Strand and provides a scenic view of the river activity. The Parks Committee plans to add a fishing dock.

 

Harvard Park (0.39 acres): This developed neighborhood park is located on Sixth Street between Calvin and Penn Streets. It currently has playground equipment, an open green area for field games, park benches, picnic tables, drinking fountain and a restroom.

 

Jim Bundy Memorial Park (2.86 acres): This park is located at the corner of "E" Street and Highway 30, adjacent to the Columbia City Bike Path. This centrally located park is heavily wooded and easily accessible to travelers. It features a beautiful display of trillium from April through June. The park has a picnic shelter, picnic tables, park benches, walking trails, and restroom.

Pixie Park (0.31 acres): This waterfront park is privately owned by the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). This park is located at the corner of The Strand and "I" Street. This is a popular park for picnics and it provides breathtaking views of Columbia River, Mt. Adams, Mt. Hood, and river traffic and activities. It has a well maintained grassy area for lounging and picnics, picnic tables, and access to the river. The site is a popular location for wind surfing and wind sailing activities.

Ruth Rose Richardson Memorial Park (0.46 acres): This private park is also owned by the DAR and is located on "I" Street between First Street and The Strand. This park provides a grassy area for picnics, and benches with spectacular views of the Columbia River, Mt. Adams, and river traffic and activities.

Adopt-a-Highway entrance sign area (0.33 acres): The City has partnered with Oregon Department of Transportation to landscape an area along Highway 30. The site serves as home to a beautiful rose garden, a handcrafted "Welcome to Columbia City" entrance sign that was designed and built by a local artist, and a lit flag pole.

Veterans Memorial Park (0.39 acres): This gorgeous park is located along the bike path at the north end of the City, adjacent to Highway 30.  The park honors veterans with four engraved wall panels, multiple monuments and flag poles, hand crafted park features, and beautiful landscaping.   Annual ceremonies are held in the park on Memorial Day.

 

Veterans Park Dedication - Memorial Day 2015

McBride Creek Trail System (7.86 acres): The first phase of this trail system is currently under development. Phase 1 includes the development of a picnic area. The trailhead will be located near the Veterans Memorial, near Highway 30 and McBride Creek. The trail system will lead hikers up and down the banks along the McBride Creek riparian area. The acquisition of additional property for the trail system is currently underway.

 

Off-Leash Dog Park (0.84 acres):  The City has partnered with the Port of St. Helens and the Columbia County Community Corrections Crew in the development of an off-leash dog park. The park is located on property owned by the Port of St. Helens, and the Columbia County Community Corrections Crew assisted with the site development and will assist with the ongoing maintenance associated with the park. The park opened in February 2014. The park is located on the north side of "E" Street between Highway 30 and Second Street.

Columbia City Elementary School (1.92 acres): This area is accessible to the public during non-school hours, and includes playground equipment, volleyball area, soccer and softball field, basketball court, picnic tables, and benches with views of the Columbia River. The park is accessible from Second, First and "F" Streets.

DEPARTMENT ACCOMPLISHMENTS IN 2015-16:

 

• A continued focus was placed on park maintenance needs, and the department delivered a higher level of park maintenance services than ever before with the assistance of a dedicated team of organized volunteers and the Columbia County Community Corrections Crew.

• Completed a portion of the Phase III development work in the Columbia City Veterans Park. Phase III improvements include the addition of a fourth veteran wall panel, two monuments, a handcrafted park bench, drinking fountain, and trash receptacle, split rail fencing and landscaping, and tile aprons around the base of seven existing monuments within the park.

• Coordinated a second annual Memorial Day Ceremony at the Columbia City Veterans Park.

• Successfully secured two grants for the development of Columbia City Veterans Park Phase III improvements - one from the Columbia County Cultural Commission in the amount of $2,000 and another from the Veterans and War Memorials Grant Program in the amount of $15,600.

• Participated on the Port of St. Helens Trestle Beach Advisory Committee, The Committee developed recommendations about park amenities, access and parking at the Trestle Beach site, which is a popular beach owned and operated by the Port.

• Developed several volunteer projects for consideration by members of Boy Scout Troop No. 142. Two of the projects were selected and completed by Scouts for Eagle Badge Projects - one involving the installation of split rail fencing along a walking path adjacent to a steep drop off, and another involving the addition of a see-saw in the Harvard Park playground.

• In consultation with members from the St. Helens Garden Club, completed significant pruning, trimming and removal of unruly shrubs and trees from Ruth Rose Richardson Park.

 

DEPARTMENT OBJECTIVES FOR 2016-17:

 

To complete the Columbia City Veteran Park Phase III improvements in accordance with 2016-17 Policy Goal and Objective 1-I established by Council and as outlined in the Five-Year Capital Improvement Program. Target Date: October 31, 2016.

 

To pursue grant funding for trail development and invasive species removal along the McBride Creek riparian corridor in keeping with 2016-17 Policy Goal and Objective 1-H established by Council. Target date: Ongoing.

 

To complete the development of the first phase of the McBride Creek Trail System, including a picnic area near the trailhead and design engineering for a section of hiking trail, in stride with 2016-17 Policy Goal and Objective 1-H adopted by Council and as outlined in the Five-Year Capital Improvement Program. Target date: June, 2017.

 

To pursue the acquisition of additional easements and/or land acquisitions along the length of McBride Creek for the development of a linear park in accordance with 2016-17 Policy Goal and Objective 1-H as set forth by Council and as outlined in the Five-Year Capital Improvement Program. Target date: Ongoing.

 

To coordinate an annual ceremony to honor All American Veterans on Memorial Day 2017 in the Columbia City Veterans Park. Target date: May 30, 2017.

 

To continue to recruit and manage volunteers to assist with park maintenance and development activities in line with 2016-17 Policy Goal and Objective 1-B as set forth by Council. Target date: Ongoing.

 

To develop written maintenance plan and identify a volunteer advocate for each of the City’s parks. Target date: June 30, 2017

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