July 16, 2014

Splashpad construction underway

Construction on the splashpad at Rotary Centennial Park began July 15th. Here are some details on this much-anticipated new CPRD park amenity.

The splashpad will be 36' wide and 63' long. It will feature 22 sprayheads–the tallest waterspout reaching about 5 to 6 feet tall. Four of these are what are called Bubblers which are meant for toddlers, and only rise about a foot tall. 

The concrete pad will be etched in the shape of Yamhill County, which you can see in the artistic rendering. Note that this is only conceptual, so the final splashpad will not look exactly like you see here (There will be no umbrellas, but bases will be installed to accommodate them if we add them in the future). 

CPRD is delighted to be able to add this splashpad at Rotary Centennial Park to its park amenities for the public to enjoy. The public has asked for this, and the community has come together to make this dream a reality. Chehalem Park and Recreation District's mission is to connect and enrich our community through parks, recreation, open space, natural resources, and educational opportunities.

Mortenson Construction is the main contractor on this project. Mortenson came forward at a CPRD Board of Directors meeting and generously offered to build the pad as a community project, just as a group of interested residents was about to submit a petition to the Board expressing their desire for a splashpad. The proverbial stars had aligned, and the timing was right! The resulting project has been a coordination of many in the community. 

The approximate estimated value of the materials is $58,000. Almost all of the materials and labor have been donated for this true community project. 

"It's all for the kids," says Mortenson Construction Superintendent Jerrid Tompkins.

Here are other contributors. 

City of Newberg
Lynch Mechanical
Emery & Sons
Crabtree Rock Company
GPEC
Play & Splash
Farwest Steel
Cal Portland
Brundage-Bone Concrete Pumping
LaRusso Concrete Finishing
Davidson’s Masonry
United Site Services
Honeybucket
Newberg Early Bird Rotary Club
Newberg Noon Rotary Club
Newberg Steel 
Wilson & Sons Trucking

Thank you to everyone, including the many interested community members who have invested their time and energy into making this dream become a reality. 


July 14, 2014

Updates on Bob & Rilee Park on Parrett Mt.


June 2014 - RFQ for Master Plan

At its regular Board meeting on June 26, 2014, the CPRD Board of Directors authorized the superintendent to submit an RFQ (Request for Quotation) for a developmental and operational master plan for Bob and Crystal Rilee Park, and also a master plan for Ewing Young Park. 

The equestrian trails are open for use now. To get there from 99W, go south on Haugen Road, then right on Parrett Mt. Road. The parking lot is in a wooded area. This is the only access point that is open for the trail. Hours are 7 a.m. to dusk.

New recreation classes and Camp CARE are already holding activities on the property. Check out the Trailblazing class


Feb. 10, 2014 - CPRD property purchase complete

Bob and Crystal Rilee Park has moved closer to opening to the public.

Chehalem Park and Recreation District’s purchase of Parrett Mountain Farm from the Crystal Dawn Smith Rilee Foundation was completed on Jan. 29, 2014.

This transaction is part of the Crystal Dawn Smith Rilee Foundation’s larger property donation to CPRD valued at more than $6 million.

The foundation donated over $6 million worth of land to CPRD in exchange for a $280,000 purchase price for the 327 acres of property on Parrett Mountain. The relatively low price was figured to cover the foundation's attorney bills and remaining debt engendered by the embezzlement case involving the foundation’s former executive director Liz Rhode.  

“This decision to give the land to CPRD was made by the foundation as a positive answer to the best future interests of the community, following the wishes of Crystal Rillee to benefit people and allow them to enjoy the land she'd acquired,” said Mary Dugan, vice president of the foundation. “Crystal wanted people to enjoy the land and the beauty of nature there and was adamantly against any future residential or business development on the property, so she would be very pleased to have it become a park.” 

With this acquisition and the addition of the new Bob and Crystal Rilee Park, the number of parks in Chehalem Park and Recreation District will become 23.

“This generous donation from the foundation will become a valuable legacy for our community,” said CPRD Public Information Coordinator Kat Ricker. “Not only will the equestrian community return to the trails it has previously enjoyed, but the public is sure to be impressed with the opportunities our Board and staff are already planning for this spectacular property.”

Bob and Crystal Rilee Park will be a scenic nature park with trails, including equestrian trails. These trails will be part of Chehalem Heritage Trails. The new park could be open as early as July.

Some of the property will continue to be leased for farming, and discussion is underway for a  potential historical museum piece to preserve the history of Parrett Mountain and the farming heritage of the land. The property also contains potential rental facilities for special events such as weddings and business retreats.

The CPRD Board of Directors approved the lease-purchase Oct. 24, 2013. 

July 11, 2014

Pickleball Open House

Pickleball Open House!

Come join us for the fun of this popular game. Paddles and ball will be provided; just show up.


  • All Ages
  • 9 a.m. to Noon
  • Saturday, August 23
  • Jaquith Park tennis courts

July 10, 2014

Medicare and You - Free presentation


1 - 2 p.m. 
Wednesday, July 30th
Free - But please RSVP by calling (503) 537-9404
Walk-ins are welcome
 
There will be a free Medicare and You presentation at Chehalem Senior Center, 101 West Foothills Drive, Newberg, Oregon 97132 (adjacent to Crater Elementary School) from 1 to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, July 30.
 
This presentation will cover how Medicare works, supplemental insurance options, assistance for people with low income and resources, how the Affordable Care Act improves Medicare, and how to prevent, detect and report Medicare waste, fraud and abuse. This session will be led by a Certified Senior Health Insurance Benefits Assistance (SHIBA) and Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) Counselor. The SHIBA program is a statewide network of trained counselors who educate, assist, and serve as advocates for people with Medicare.  SMP is also a federal program that works to prevent Medicare waste, fraud and abuse. You may learn more by visiting www.oregonshiba.org
 
If you are unable to attend or you seek personal one-on-one assistance, you may call our local NorthWest Senior and Disability Services (NWSDS) and SHIBA program office at (503) 472-9441.

Pool maintenance alert: Friday, July 18th

Pool maintenance alert

Friday, July 18th we're deeming Facility Repair Day at Chehalem Aquatic and Fitness Center.

Programming will run as scheduled; however, a workman will be repairing the shower thermostat controller, the boiler, and working on toilet plumbing in the women's locker room. There will be a workman in the ladies' locker room from around 8 a.m. until the works is finished. Domestic water will be turned off while the plumbing is being worked on.

We apologize in advance for any inconvenience this may cause.

July 8, 2014

2014 Newberg Open Tennis Tournament


August 16 to 17
Entries must be received by August 11

The entry form is on the CPRD Adult Sports webpage.

Held at Jaquith Park and Newberg High School.

A silent auction will be held Saturday.

2014 Old Fashioned Festival 5K Run


Once again, CPRD is hosting the annual 5K run during Newberg Old-Fashioned Festival.  To enter, show up on the day of the race and register (We are not taking registrations ahead of race day. Cash only, please). Here are the details.

Race day is Sunday, July 27th.

Registration opens at 6:30 a.m.

Start time is 8 a.m.

Entry fee $10 per runner

Registration and start line at the SW corner of Memorial Park, West 5th Street, and Blaine Street. 

Proceeds benefit area youth track. 

All entries are eligible for door prizes!