Parks & Recreation Projects
Cobalt Building Redevelopment Project
In 2006, a local developer dedicated the Cobalt Building, located at 364 Cobalt Lane, to the City of Creswell. The Cobalt Building was donated as part of a parks and open space requirement with the intention of providing Creswell residents multiple recreational and educational opportunities. The large 9,000 square foot building was constructed in 1993 on a 1.2 acre lot, and utilized as a torque converter reclamation factory prior to its donation to the City. The Cobalt Building has been well maintained since its donation, and is currently in good condition. The Cobalt Building currently sits empty, awaiting needed retrofits to make the building suitable for its intended use as a community recreation center.
In 2011, the City of Creswell formed a partnership with Willamalane Park and Recreation District and the Creswell School District in order to jointly strategize on how to guide future improvement and expansion of community recreation programs. This effort has led to a variety of new programs beginning with the 2011 Movies in the Park series and continuing in 2012 with a series of spring/summer youth recreation classes including yoga, dance, art, martial arts, and cooking. This past summer brought the Movies in the Park series back to Creswell for its second year and saw Willamalane successfully run the Creswell Summer Fun Program on behalf of the City and the School District.
With the recent establishment of the Creswell Recreation Advisory Committee we are continuing to build on these partnerships. The committee is comprised of city councilors, school district board members, Willamalane staff, and community members. As this group moves forward we will be engaging the public and working to facilitate a community process in order to gather input as to what constitutes best practice for implementing community recreation programs and developing an updated strategy for the reuse of the Cobalt Building as a community recreation center.
Cobalt Building Feasibility Study - 2009 (45 pages, 1.3mb )
Creswell Recreation Advisory Committee Vision (May, 2013)
Garden Lake Park Trails Rehabilitation and Habitat Restoration
The City of Creswell was awarded a grant from the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department Recreational Trails Program in the fall of 2010 to rehabilitate the Garden Lake Park trails system and to restore vital habitats at the park. The total project cost is estimated at $7,882, with $5,731 coming from the grant. This project relies heavily on volunteer labor for implementation, and volunteers are jointly managed by the City and the Coast Fork Willamette Watershed Council. If you would like to get involved, please contact City Hall at 541-895-2531, or get in touch with the Coast Fork Willamette Watershed Council to be placed on their email list.
Earth Day Celebration at Garden Lake Park
Each year starting in 2010, the City has collaborated with the Creswell School District, Coast Fork Willamette Watershed Council, and a variety of other agencies to stage an Earth Day Celebration at Garden Lake Park. Over 300 students from Creswell School District and Creswell Christian Schools attend the Celebration to learn about environmental issues and scientific inquiry. For more information, see the Earth Day Celebration page.
Ron Pettiti Pavillion
The pavillion that currently stands as the focal point at Garden Lake Park was made possible in part by $50,000 in grants from the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. In addition, the City raised almost $50,000 in materials and labor donations to complete the project and to serve as a match for grant requirements. The Emerald People's Utility District donated a solar system for the roof, and Creswell residents designed the interpretive signs around the pavillion. The U.S. Marine Reserves Engineer Company A, 6th Engineering Support Battalion, 4th Marine Logistics Group, also donated approximately $60,000 of in-kind labor to help complete the project. Now, you can enjoy the pavillion, its interpretive signs, and can visit the annual Earth Day Celebration which is held on the grounds each year toward the end of April.
Citizen group whose goal was to provide Holt Park with safe, modern play equipment that would provide increased play opportunities for children of all ages and all abilities. This group successfully raised over $65,000 to improve play structures, equipment, and facilities which greatly improved the usability of Holt Park, not only for children, but for the whole community! To find out more about this project, visit the Project Playground website.
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