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The City of Oregon City
There are generally a few major things that make a place wonderful: climate, the lay of the land (mountains, trees, rivers, ocean) and people. Although the climate in Oregon City is very typical for the Pacific Northwest with more rain than snow in the winters and stunning summers, the lay of the land here is atypical because of our incredible Willamette Falls and four officially designated heritage trees (all on private property.)
Three of the four Heritage Trees are over 134 years old. The oldest is a 250 year old Oregon White or Garry Oak tree at the location of Dr. Clyde Mount’s historic house on 916 Center Street, Oregon City OR 97045. The home was built in 1932 by Dr. Mount, a dentist who graduated from the University of Oregon. He was one of a team of brothers who owned and operated the Oregon City Hospital. Do you have a tree on your Oregon City property that you would like to see considered for designation as a Heritage Tree because of its age, species, natural resource value or ecological or historical association? You can find a nomination form on the city’s website by clicking here. The William L. Holmes House, also known as Rose Farm, was built in 1848 by William and Louisa Holmes in Oregon City. It was nicknamed the “Rose Farm” by friends and neighbors because of the many roses Louisa planted in the garden. Visit the home by clicking on the website for hours.
We have a local hospital named after our lovely Willamette Falls- they are planning an expansion. The falls itself is impressive; 1,500 feet wide and 40 feet high. It is the largest waterfall in the Pacific Northwest by volume, and the seventeenth widest in the world. There is a massive effort underway to rediscover the falls with a project called Willamette Falls Legacy Project. The website for this project is comprehensive and wonderfully done! I urge you to visit the link I shared above. We look forward to more opportunities to connect physically and emotionally with the beautiful falls and our Willamette River. The integrated connection with downtown will spur tourism and economic development.
You can see here how the neighborhoods are associated with the land and river. Thinking of a biking or walking tour? See a walk/bike map of Oregon City here. Interested in a GUIDED WALKING tour? We have that here. Interested in a GUIDED BIKE tour? We have that here. Interested in historic Oregon City or genealogy? The End of the Oregon Trail Center is developing a genealogy research center. With the cost of standard admission, you can access ancestry.com and other online resources through the genealogy computer in the third wagon of the exhibit. The journey of the Oregon Trail is an incredible event in the lives of real people. If you have a family story about the Oregon Trail, share it with them at HistoricOregonCity.org so they can include it in their digital collection and exhibit.
Lastly, the people of Oregon City make it a delight. With so many entrepreneurs and opportunities for growth here, the sky is the limit. Read inspiring stories about the people of Oregon City in my BLOG. You can get a wonderful sense of the citizens’ connection to the land by visiting the Oregon City Farmers Market. Equally important as the “grown-ups” are our children! Our high school ranks within the top 20 in the state and even has an equestrian team, something you don’t find everywhere, which is just part of a larger robust sports program.
Here is some information on Oregon City schools:
- Oregon City public schools – Ocsd62.org
- Marylhurst K-8 private school – Themarylhurstschool.org
- Spring Water K-8– An Environmental Sciences Charter School – Springwater
- North Clackamas Christian School – NCchristianschool.com
- Oregon City Service Learning Academy HS – a charter school – OCSLA.org
- Alliance Charter Academy HS – AllianceAcademy
- Clackamas Academy of Industrial Science – caisoc.com
- Clackamas Community College – Clackamas.edu
Interested in the ARTS?
- Abernathy Center for Performing Arts – Apadancetheter
- Instruments Ballet Academy – Instruments
- Krayon Kids Musical Theater Company – KrayonKids.org
- Park Place Music Academy – Parkplaceacademy.com
- Acting Classes: Clackamas Reparatory Theater
- Private Music Teachers:
There are many options also in West Linn and further away – this website focuses on supporting options in Oregon City.
You will also find shopping, kayaking and canoeing, a movie theater, concerts in the park, breweries, wineries, a distillery and splash pads in the summer. View these by clicking on the other tabs under “Community.”
Built in 1845, the Francis Ermatinger House is one of the oldest structures in Oregon. Rumor has it, the understated, federal-style residence is where Asa Lovejoy and Francis Pettygrove, two influential businessmen, flipped a coin to decide the name of Portland. “Heads” and we name it Boston, “Tales” and we name it Portland. In 1910 the house was moved from its original location on McLoughlin Blvd to 619 6th St, Oregon City, OR 97045. In 1977, it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Finally, in 2015, it was rehabilitated … read about the project here.
The Grand Cove Project coming soon
The Grand Cove Project with scenic views (first phase to be completed spring/summer of 2018) doesn’t just create 244 beautiful apartments with balconies, but a new neighborhood with expanded water access and amenities where the Willamette and Clackamas Rivers meet.
It is a mixed-use development of waterfront residential units with restaurants + retail and includes a public park, gathering and community spaces and a walking/jogging trail along the river with a parking lot for the community to access it. This allows it’s future residents to start having the mindset that daily errands no longer require an automobile. You can walk, bike or even take a small moped to the store. The interiors will be contemporary in style with plank flooring, hard surface countertops, stainless appliances, washers/dryers, and nickel finishes.
It will offer an esplanade to the Clackamette Cove trail system, a pool and spa with a sun deck, a veranda to enjoy the view and a clubhouse. Additional amenities include a business center, a bike repair shop, a dog wash, and a self-service parcel locker system allowing residents to collect packages 24/7. Outside the clubhouse, you will find an elevated patio with a fire pit overlooking Clackamette Cove.
Along with this project, comes much welcomed Main Street improvements including two vehicle lanes, two bike lanes, sidewalks, crosswalks, trees, street lighting and a roundabout with landscaping all enhancing the ambiance and the walkability of Oregon City. Improving walkability means that this new community was created encouraging pedestrian activity for people of all ages and abilities. This community design intentionally puts residences within a short walking distance of stores and public transportation with sidewalks and paths between destinations creating a well-connected, safe, and attractive environment to make physical activity easier or more accessible. Why is this important to build in areas like this?
Regular physical activity is one of the most important things people can do for their health. It can help…
- Control weight
- Reduce risk of cardiovascular disease
- Reduce risk for type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome
- Reduce risk of some cancers
- Strengthen bones and muscles
- Improve mental health and mood
Getting around by walking or biking also cuts down on traffic congestion and uses no fuel so it’s good for the earth. I applaud the developers for including this vision into their plans! Walkability enhances the efficiency of land use and makes O.C. more attractive and competitive by creating and keeping jobs here. The “livability” of our community is enhanced and that tends to improve local business activity too. It contributes to the greater good.
The second phase of the project will include 378 waterfront residences which include live/work units, two waterfront restaurants, a fitness center, public plaza, retail, waterfront esplanade and an amphitheater. This new village will provide a place to live, work, and play all in the same geographic area cutting down on commuting and creating a destination for the community to enjoy as well.
With easy access to I-205, the OC Shopping Center and downtown, the Grand Cove development will bring residents here to bolster our local Oregon City owned businesses.