The site was purchased in the early 1900s by the County for use as a quarry. In recent years, the Clackamas County Board of Commissioners (BCC), with input from local citizens, decided to recommend the site become part of an area for Clackamas River Watershed Protection and designated the site as a priority for master planning. The property is in the County’s current inventory of timberland.
The defining physical feature of the site is the 120-foot high basalt wall that bisects the property, which has previously provided opportunities for local rock climbers. While hosting striking examples of the namesake Madrone tree and possessing sweeping views of the nearby Clackamas River, the site also contains invasive plant species. Previous quarry activity has left the site with a considerable number of roadbeds and previous recreation activity has created a network of trails. The site is currently not open to the public.
In April 2015, Clackamas County Parks reengaged with the Parks Advisory Board and partners to collaboratively plan for the possible development and opening of Madrone Wall Park. County parks staff are now working with partners to consider the next steps in the process.
- Clackamas County received approval of our Conditional Use application in November 2009. Review Conditional Use Permit
- In November 2009 Clackamas County Parks submitted an Innovative Readiness Training application to the Oregon National Guard for volunteer equipment and labor to construct the entrance, roadway, and parking improvements at the Madrone Park property in accordance with the Conditional Use Permit. The OR Guard requested an archaeological survey of the site be conducted so a report of the site could be included with our application.
- Additionally, in November 2009 the Madrone Wall Preservation Committee acquired pro-bono professional engineering services to provide the construction documents for this park as a cost savings option on the project.
- Nesting Peregrine Falcons were discovered on the Madrone Park site in May 2010 during preparatory work for a volunteer trail building event scheduled that month. All activities at the site were shut down and the USFW and the National Audubon Society were consulted. The birds' progress was monitored and studied through May and June 2010.
- In June 2010 the Clackamas County Board of Commissioners declared the Hardscrabble Quarry property as Madrone Wall Park.
- An archaeological survey began in May 2010 and was interrupted with the discovery of nesting Peregrine Falcons on the cliff wall. Two chicks hatched and successfully fledged the nest in late June. The remaining portion of the survey work was completed in July and August. The survey report was submitted to the State Historic Preservation Office and a final approval letter was received from SHPO in September 2010.
- In February 2011, Peregrines were again observed at Madrone Wall.
For more information, contact:
Clackamas County Parks & Forest
150 Beavercreek Rd.
Oregon City, OR 97045
(503) 742-4663 Phone
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