County, community work out plan to keep Oak Grove boat ramp open to public
The boat ramp into the Willamette River at the end of Oak Grove Boulevard will remain open to the public in an agreement approved yesterday by the Clackamas County Board of Commissioners.
The boat ramp was constructed many years ago by a private party and since then has become a place where people dump old cars into the river, as well as a place for people to go fishing or boating.
Representatives from the County Department of Transportation and Development (which owns the road), North Clackamas Parks and Recreation District (NCPRD) and the Sheriff’s Office met with community representatives over the past few months to determine how the boat ramp could remain open for legitimate use by the community and not be a safety hazard or dumping-off place. The County and community agreed to the following:
- The Transportation Department will install an automatic gate that will be set up to open one hour before sunrise and close one hour after sunset
- NCPRD will maintain the natural area in the road right-of-way between the gate and the river
- NCPRD will monitor the automatic gate’s timing and functionality
- The Sheriff’s Office will continue to monitor the area, cite any parking violations and have dive training once a year in the area to determine if any vehicles have been dumped in the river
- The community is responsible for the boat ramp itself
For more information: Ellen Rogalin, firstname.lastname@example.org or 503-742-4274.
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