From: Tim Heider. Clackamas County Public Affairs Manager, (503) 742-5911 04-05-12

Clackamas County

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New Sunnyside Library to celebrate Grand Opening April 19

A Grand Opening for the new Sunnyside library, located at 13793 SE Sieben Park Way, in Clackamas, is scheduled for 2 p.m. on Thursday, April 19.The building, featuring a clock tower, is across the street from Village Green Park.

The new library more than doubles the size of the former leased facility at Clackamas Corner, and allows for more book browsing, internet stations, children and adult activities, along with plenty of seating and a spacious community room.

"The new library provides expanded library services from a centrally located and larger facility,” said Gary Barth, director of Business and Community Services. “It was a truly collaborative effort. Our North Clackamas Parks and Recreation District offered use of adjoining land to provide for an expanded parking facility to serve NCPRD as well as the new library, and the City of Happy Valley provided exceptional planning and permitting services throughout the construction process.”

With the library adjacent to Village Green Park, it allows for some community activities. 

“Partnering with North Clackamas Parks and Rec, we’ll have summertime movies in the park, expanded children activities including sidewalk chalk drawing, and the Parks & Recreation ‘Rec Mobile’, which brings fun educational arts and crafts activities right to the front door, ” said Doris Grolbert, Clackamas County director of libraries.

The building was designed by Scott Edwards Architecture and constructed by Seabold Construction Company of Beaverton.

Among the construction highlights are 13 gondola-style bookshelves built by the Guild of Oregon Woodworkers. The builders used a design that is no longer being manufactured and turned it into pieces of art. The shelves are made of oak and took volunteers well over 1,000 hours to make. The Friends of Clackamas County paid for the materials to craft these bookshelves.

The new Sunnyside Library was made possible through the approval of a new consolidated Library District in 2008, which provides a long-term funding stream for the operations of new libraries. It will provide new and expanded library services to Clackamas, Happy Valley, Damascus, Boring, Carver, Rock Creek and Sunnyside residents.

For the new multi-use parking facility, The North Clackamas Parks and Recreation District and County Library staff worked closely with Clackamas County Water and Environment Services to create an environmentally friendly parking area that serves also as a storm water detention facility, a model for low-impact development.

To learn more about the new facility go to

The Grand Opening kicks-off a weekend of family-friendly activities including:

  • A Passport Adventure from April 19 through 22 where patrons can pick up a passport and explore the new library. Find the areas listed on the passport and be entered into a drawing for gift certificates to Barnes & Noble and the Learning Palace. Prizes available for various age categories.

  • A Teen Mixer on April 20 where teens can meet other teens, play some games and get to know the new library.

  • Spring Fest, April 21. Employees from Clackamas County's Office of Sustainability will offer presentations on composting, recycling and natural gardening. Children can create nature crafts and participate in activities in the park.

For more information please contact Doris Grolbert at 503-794-3881.