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From: Edward Nieto, Clackamas County Business and Community Services, 503-742-4334

03-18-15

Clackamas County

Media and Interested Parties

Clackamas County installs, opens new automated gate at Oak Grove Blvd. on Willamette River

Clackamas County has installed a new motorized gate at the boat ramp into the Willamette River that is now operational at the west end of Oak Grove Boulevard. The gate’s timer will be set to open one hour before sunrise and close one hour after sunset.

The Clackamas County Department of Transportation and Development provided funding for the new gate, which cost approximately $10,500. North Clackamas Parks and Recreation District installed the gate and will monitor its timing and functionality while also maintaining the natural area in the road right-of-way between the gate and river.

“This is great news for our citizens,” said Clackamas County Commissioner Paul Savas. “I’m pleased that, with the addition of this valuable piece of equipment, we’re able to keep the boat launch open and maintain the area for people to enjoy.”

Installation of the new gate is part of an agreement reached between the County and community members to keep the boat ramp open to the public for legitimate use and not become a safety hazard or a dumping location. Community members are responsible for the boat ramp, which was built years ago by Oak Grove residents without permission from the County before it became a place where people often dumped old cars and other junk into the river.

The Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office will monitor the boat ramp area, cite parking violations, and conduct dive training once a year to determine if any vehicles have been dumped into the river.

For more information, media may contact Community Relations Specialist Edward Nieto, Clackamas County Department of Business and Community Services, 503-742-4334 or enieto@clackamas.us

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