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From: Dylan Blaylock, Public & Government Affairs, 503-742-5917

10-19-17

Clackamas County

Media and Interested Parties

Madrone Wall Park to open Saturday, Oct. 21

Update (10/19, 4 p.m.): The address was updated.

Clackamas County will open the Madrone Wall Park on Saturday, Oct. 21. The defining feature of the site is the 120-foot basalt wall that bisects the property.

This newest addition to valuable county parkland was first purchased by the county in the early 1900s for use as a quarry. Along with the basalt wall, the site derives its name from the many striking madrone trees in the area. With sweeping views of the nearby Clackamas River, the park is in a stunning location. In addition to the wall, the park features two hiking trails for patrons to enjoy.

The park is located at 19485 SE Highway 224, Damascus, OR.

The park is open seasonally from July through January. From February through June, during the annual nesting period of peregrine falcons, the site will be closed to all public access. A monitoring program has been established to determine the park’s opening date each year.

Park hours of operation have been set as:

While there is no fee to enter or use the park, there is a $5 parking fee. Parking is limited (20 regular stalls, 2 handicap). There is no parking allowed along the park access road and Highway 224. Overflow parking is available at Barton Park and the Carver Boat Ramp. There is also a TriMet Bus Stop (Bus Route #30) on Highway 224 near the Madrone Wall Park access road.

Fires, alcohol, weapons, glass beverage containers, and fireworks are all prohibited inside the park by County Code. There is also no camping allowed, no firewood gathering or cutting, and dogs/pets must be kept on leashes at all times inside the park.

In recent years, the Board of County Commissioners and the County Parks Advisory Board drove the Madrone Wall as a priority project for development. The project received a key grant (nearly $89,000) from the Clackamas County Tourism Development Council. That grant, along with outside funds raised by the Madrone Wall Preservation Committee and the commitment of the Oregon National Guard, has allowed park development to move forward.

Learn more about the park.

For more information, members of the media and public may contact Clackamas County Parks at 503-742-4414.

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