Eagle Point sees six plans for Little Butte Park

Leon Sherman did a bit of entertaining at the first Eagle Point Chamber of Commerce 2nd Saturday Art Experience held July 12. The next event will be Saturday, Aug. 9 from 11- 5 p.m. in Bob Moore Park. Musicians, artists, dancer, vendors, non-profit groups are all invited to participate. There is a nominal booth fee to benefit youth groups. For a space or information, call Julie Kennedy 301-3397, Sandi Erksine 826-0580 or Garland Arnaud 855-0304.

Leon Sherman did a bit of entertaining at the first Eagle Point Chamber of Commerce 2nd Saturday Art Experience held July 12. The next event will be Saturday, Aug. 9 from 11- 5 p.m. in Bob Moore Park. Musicians, artists, dancer, vendors, non-profit groups are all invited to participate. There is a nominal booth fee to benefit youth groups. For a space or information, call Julie Kennedy 301-3397, Sandi Erksine 826-0580 or Garland Arnaud 855-0304.

Greg Covey of Covey Pardee Landscape Architects, Ashland, conducted a workshop on July 22 before the city council and general public on master plan ideas for Little Butte Creek Park. Described by Covey as Eagle Point’s best kept secret, the park is on the banks of Little Butte Creek across from the Butte Creek Mill. Currently it has no improvements, but provides grass and some very welcome large shade trees.

Covey presented six alternative preliminary plans. Some included purchasing additional property, a walking bridge as well as future vehicle bridge connecting with Teakwood. Other options include sports fields, a water feature, and, of course, restrooms and picnic facilities.

The council will consider the options and some of the long range plans at a future meeting.

Gemma Marlia-Johnson, co-chair of the Skateboard Park project, asked if a supply list had been developed for the park and if the sign that has been in place for several years could be changed. City Administrator Dave Hussell said the sign was put up by the committee and they could probably change it, but the city would probably like to see what they plan to say on it before it is re-done. Robert Miller, public works director, said the city should have a supply list any day and be ready to go to the next step, which would be for the committee to take the list and see what could be donated, and how much items would cost.

Immediately after Marlia-Johnson’s questions, David Huntsman, an assistant manager from Wal-Mart, presented the city with a check for $1,200 to go to the skateboard park.

The council was unanimous in their voting on several items, including:

  • continuation of the low cost Triple J project
  • appointing Jonathan Bilden to the Economic Development Committee
  • accepting the resignation of Nina Lallo from the Eagle Point Planning Commission
  • approval of the parking plan amendments
  • allowing Ep C of C 2nd Saturday Art experience to group booths at Bob Moore Park
  • naming PremierWest as another banking opportunity for the city

by Nancy Leonard
Of the Independent

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