August 30, 2010

Progress on proposed trail system

There has been much buzz about the proposed Chehalem Heritage Trail, a major trail system that would connect Newberg to Dundee. We want you to know what's going on with the project.

We have just scheduled the first meeting of a new advisory committee. This committee will advise on what is tentatively being called the Newberg-Dundee Connector segment of the trail system. This includes the first three segments of the Strategic Plan - Dayton Avenue, Hess Creek and the Willamette Riverfront.

There are four meetings planned for this committee between now and January.

The first meeting is scheduled for Monday, Sept. 20 at the CPRD District Office.

About the project

The proposed Chehalem Heritage Trail will be an outstanding continuous 70+ mile trail system connecting Newberg, Dundee and surrounding areas while preserving and enhancing the greater Chehalem Valley community parks, historic heritage, native habitats and open space.

August 29, 2010

Welcome to our new & improved website!

A Message from Director Don Loving

Those of us who help lead the Chehalem Park & Recreation District have long thought we have a bit of an identity crisis. Not individually necessarily, but certainly corporately. Research and polling has shown us over the years that we are a popular piece of Yamhill County local government — at least to those who recognize that we are, in fact, local government. That has been the catch.

How often have you heard some reference to "our great city parks?" We do have great parks, but — and nothing against our friends at both the cities of Newberg and Dundee — they aren't "city parks." They are "park district parks." The Chehalem Park & Recreation District is an independent local government authority that encompasses Newberg, Dundee and the surrounding hinterland. Essentially, we have the same jurisdictional boundaries as does the Newberg School District, except we don't spill over the Yamhill County line anywhere.

Why does this matter? For a couple of reasons. First, if we do something right, "credit where credit is due." Second, if we don't do something right, you need to know where to take your concerns … or, dare we use the word, complain.

The CPRD Board of Directors includes five elected members. Yes, we are elected. It's amazing how many people I talk to don't know that. Just like Dundee City Council members or Newberg School Board members, we stand for election every four years. We are accountable to you, the voting public. In addition to myself, the board currently consists of Mike McBride, Larry Anderson, Mike Ragsdale and Deona Twenge. Park district board meetings are held the fourth Thursday of every month. We start our monthly meetings at 6 p.m., a little earlier than most jurisdictions. You are always welcome to attend. Generally speaking they are held at the CPRD administrative offices on Elliott Road. Occasionally we venture out elsewhere; such deviations are always noted in the Graphic.

Collectively the board is very excited about having created the new Public Information Coordinator position now held by Kat Ricker. We acknowledge that we need to do a better job of blowing our own horn, so to speak. To some, CPRD is only Chehalem Glenn golf course. To others we're just the nearest park. Or the pool. Or the Cultural Center. In fact, we are all of those and so much more. Just one example: We're planning a trails system that's gonna knock your socks off! You're going to hear a lot more about that in the months ahead. In fact, you're going to hear a lot more about anything and everything CPRD-related in the weeks and months ahead, as Kat helps us better publicize the things we've been doing well for years and the great new plans we have for the future.

Not to sound maudlin, but we don't get paid to be on the CPRD Board. We serve as a way of giving back to the community we love, in an attempt to make our collective lives better. We believe in the mission of the park district, and we try to assist our excellent CPRD staff in helping you, the public. I look forward to sharing more with you down the road in this new forum, as the Chehalem Park & Recreation District — better late than never — fully embraces the communication technology of the 21st Century!

August 27, 2010

Shawn White Visits Chehalem Skatepark

Two-time Olympic gold medalist snowboarder and champion skateboarder Shawn White stopped by the Chehalem Skatepark Friday, Aug. 13, 2010 while on the Portland leg of the Dew Tour. He said the CPRD skatepark is one of his favorites because of the flow, its size and how well-maintained it is. (Yeah, we get that a lot.)

The famous Chehalem Skatepark is located in at Ewing Young Historical Park at 1201 S. Blaine St. in Newberg, Oregon.

Mural finished at Bonnie Benedict Preschool

Sherwood resident Allison Hamilton was recognized at the CPRD Board meeting Aug. 26 for the creation of a mural at CPRD's Bonnie Benedict Preschool. The colorful outdoor mural evokes a child's impression of a sunny meadow of wildflowers and trees, livening up the courtyard space where C.A.R.E. childcare and preschool children spend time each day.

Allison created the mural to earn the Girl Court Gold Award for Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington. The 18-year-old managed the entire project, including securing paint donations from Sherwin Williams, conceptualizing the design and leading children in helping paint the mural (their handprints create the flowers).

Allison Hamilton and CPRD Board President Mike Ragsdale

August 26, 2010

Soccer Officials to Meet Sept. 2

Officials are needed for youth and middle school games this fall. Chehalem Valley Officials Association will be sponsoring its fall soccer officials meeting this Thursday, Sept 2, 6:00 - 8:30 p.m. at the Chehalem Park and Recreation District Office 125 S Elliott Rd in Newberg. All new and returning officials’ high school age and older are encouraged to attend this meeting and training session. For more information contact CPRD @ 503-537-2909

Football Officials to Meet Sept 1

Officials high school age and older are needed for youth games in the area. Experienced and new officials are welcome as training will be provided.

Chehalem Valley Officials Association will be conducting its fall football officials meeting Wednesday Sept 1th 6:00pm at Chehalem Park and Recreation District main office 125 S Elliott Road in Newberg. Games are during the weekday evenings. Pay depends on league and experience. For more information, contact the District at 503-537-2909.

August 24, 2010

Farewell Potluck for Ben & Bug

Longtime Aquatics Center faces Ben and Bug (Tiffany) Nevills are leaving for California as Ben pursues postgraduate work at Fuller University. Their last day will be September 3rd. The Ladies’ Water Exercise is holding a going away potluck event at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, September 1 at the Aquatics Center conference room and potentially spilling into Babe Nicholas Pool Park. Bring a brunch item and a card.

August 20, 2010

Ground breaks on Dundee Skatepark

Ground was broken on the future Dundee Skatepark Friday morning, Aug. 20, 2010. Mark your calendar for the ribbon-cutting ceremony at noon on Sunday, Sept. 12th, at Dundee-Billick Park during Party in the Park.

Board Meeting Aug. 26 at 6 p.m.

The CPRD board meeting is 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 26 at the district office. Agenda highlights include a water park proposal, dog park update, proposed trails system update, and a preview of our new website.

August 19, 2010

Seating announced for Newberg Open Tennis Tournament

Sponsored by Top Spin Sports

Scroll down for match information for Newberg High School

Sat., Aug. 21st Matches at Jaquith Park Courts

9AM League Players

1. MD 1 Martin, Schulte / Fryjoff, Fryjoff

2. MD 2 Ellis, Kulich / Brown, Brown

3. MD 3 Rubrecht, Rubrecht/ Van Noord, Smith

4. MD 4 Jochem, Pelz/ Burnett, Burnett


1. Men’s D 1 Douglas, Kiron /Thillmann, Thillmann

2. Men’s D 2 Mcneil, Paolo / Doty, Smith

3. Men’s D 3 Schulte, Valenzuela /Rubrecht, Snyder

4. Men’s D 4 Peterson, Norris / Burnett, Brown


1. LD 1 Martin, Hall / Fryjoff, Lee

2. LD 2 Miller, Dugan / Ellis, Wheel

3. MS 9 Peter Brown / winner of Match #2

4. MS 8 Kiron Nagiri / Winner of Match #7


1. LD 3 Delp, McQueen / Miller, Dugan




Check In at Tournament desk at Jaquith for remaining match schedules.

Be ready to play 30 minutes prior to your meet

MS = Men’s singles LD = Lady’s Doubles

MD = Mixed Doubles LS = Lady’s Singles

Men’s D = Men’s Doubles YS =Youth Singles


Sat., Aug. 21st Matches at Newberg High School Courts

9AM League Players

1. MS 2 Cadin Hashimoto / Todd Wilcox

2. MS 3 Matt Smith / Anthony Valenzuela

3. MS 5 Brian Board / Mike Hashimoto

4. MS 6 Dave Sanders / Dewain Winters


1. MS 7 Dan Snyder / Chet Fryjoff

2. LS 1 Beth Miller / Jennifer Hughs

3. LS 2 Maureen Dugan / Rockelle Smith

4. Y 2 Micah Stoltzfus / Cami Hashimoto


1. LS 3 Jenny Delp / Jennifer Hughs

2. Y 4 Kripicka / Meinert

3. Y 6 D. Hinson / Leatherman

4. Y 7 Norris / Rauch


1. Y 3 Peterson / M. Hinson

2. Y 12 Wieler / Winner of RD 1 Match #7

3. Y 11 YU / Winner of RD. 1 Match #4

4. Y 9 Tillman / Winner of RD 1 Match #2

Check In at Tournament desk at NHS for remaining match schedule.

Be ready to play 30 minutes prior to your meet

MS = Men’s singles LD = Lady’s Doubles

MD = Mixed Doubles LS = Lady’s Singles

Men’s D = Men’s Doubles YS =Youth Singles

August 18, 2010

Newberg Open Tennis Extends Entry Period

Entry is extended through midnight tonight, Aug. 18th, for the Newberg Open Tennis Tournament. Enter online until midnight or go in person to the Aquatic and Fitness Center until 10 p.m.

Draws will be posted tomorrow, Aug. 19th, at 5 p.m.

August 16, 2010

Senior Ctr extends hours due to high heat

HEAT ALERT: The Adult Enrichment Center (AKA Senior Center) its extending its hours to serve as a cooling center during this excessive heat spike.

The center will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 16th and Tuesday, Aug. 17th. Anyone seeking relief from the heat is welcome.

101 West Foothills Drive
Newberg, Oregon 97132
(adjacent to Crater Elementary School)
(503) 537-9404

August 13, 2010

Football Gear Distribution Moved to Renne Field

All football gear distribution and replacement has moved to the red track shed at Renne Field, open from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

August 12, 2010

Safety Town - Dangerously Fun?

Safety Town is a big success. The annual five-day camp educates children entering kindergarten or first grade this fall on various types of safety - personal, bicycle, pedestrian, fire, water, animal, electrical, school bus and poison safety, and teaches them when and how to call 911.

It's a joint effort by the Newberg-Dundee Police Department and CPRD, supported by local business donations. Sign-ups filled up well in advance this year, and the typical high heat of early August has staved off most of the week.

August 10, 2010

The Summer I Learned to Swim

We've added a photo album from Migrant Summer School to our Facebook page. Take a peek at students learning about water safety and how to swim.

Newberg Community Foundation Donates to Dundee Skate Park

CPRD extends a big THANK YOU to the Newberg Community Foundation for the generous donation of $1,500 toward the creation of the Dundee Skate Park.

Project costs are estimated at $80,000. The goal of the CPRD Dundee Skate Park Committee is to raise $18,000. So far, the committee has raised about $10,000 through bottle and can drives, art auctions, dances, community service and T-shirt sales. The committee has also received in-kind donations for concrete and excavation, the Newberg Rotary Club donated a piece of equipment, and the Dundee Farmers' Market donated $200.

Mark your calendars for the ribbon-cutting ceremony slated for Sunday, Sept. 12th.

For more information or to make a contribution, email

The committee is currently seeking a landscaper to donate services. Call Jim McMaster at (503) 209-2222.

August 3, 2010

Catching Crayfish in Outdoor School

Outdoor School is a new Community School program. This week, children visited Magness Memorial Tree Farm, catching crawdads, exploring trails and learning about the ways and uses of the forest.

August 2, 2010

American Profile Magazine Highlights CPRD

American Profile is the national magazine insert featured in newspapers including the Newberg Graphic every weekend. This week's edition (Aug. 1 - 7) highlights CPRD for intergenerational programs combining children and senior citizens at the Adult Enrichment Center in the cover story "Lessons for Life."

Here's an excerpt.
Students forge friendships with seniors in Newberg, Ore., too. At lunchtime, students from Chehalem Valley Middle School walk across the street to the Chehalem Adult Enrichment Center, where they set tables, greet seniors and serve catered hot meals. Then, fourth-graders from Antonia Crater Elementary School next door pop in to help with cleanup.
Read the whole story for quotes from fourth-graders Lucas Klingler and Alexandra Wujcik, volunteer Mary Kreth, and senior specialist Matthew Compton.