About Forming Our Own Hoodland Community Park District
We, a team of ladies from the Hoodland Women's Club are interested in working with the community to create a Hoodland Community Park District to manage Park Lands and development.
It would be a focal point for Community Pride. We could be Park Proud!
The lands currently belong to Clackamas County and we have been told they are going to deed it to our community. We now have a Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU) from the County Commissioners saying that they will deed three parcels of land to our community once we have successfully established a funded Park District with a Board. Around 20 acres!
If we do not take this land for ourselves the County will sell the land to the highest bidder!
The County can only Deed lands to a government or public entity like a Park District.
We have met with the Special Districts Association of Oregon in Salem to help guide us in the process of forming a Park District.
We have also met with County Commissioner, Ken Humbertson, The County Tax Assessor, Bob Vroman, and the County Parks Districts Director, Rick Gruen. We have also made a presentation to the County Commissioners. All are very supportive of our efforts to make this park a very special part of our community and have been quite helpful to us.
The Park District will follow the same boundary as the Oregon Trail School District #3..
A petition will be circulated to get the initiative on the ballot. We will need about 750 people to sign the petition or about 15% of the voting population in Hoodland. (4886 registered voters)
The Park District, the tax base for such a district, and nominated Board members will need to be on the on the 2020 Ballot.
Volunteers are needed to run for the Park District Board.
A Feasibility Study needs to be done to determine costs for the initial development and ongoing maintenance of the Park.
The Park District Board will manage the Park funds and will make decisions regarding the improvement/development of the Park.
People from each village, from each organization are needed to help on the Park Committees. The opportunities include Legal, Campaign, and Feasibility Study Committees.
The Park will be a source of pride and identity for our community. A place where we can gather, play, and meet.
This Park needs to be a true community park. It is up to the people of this community to make this happen.
Meetings with groups all around the mountain to talk about the Hoodland Community Park District and recruit Committee members have begun. The campaign will need people. Park District Board member nominees will emerge from this process.
Tell your family, friends, neighbors about what our community wants to do. Everyone needs to be informed.