The North Clackamas Parks and Recreation District (NCPRD) announced today that it will begin working with city of Happy Valley staff to transition park and recreation services to the city, following the city’s resolution to withdraw from the district.
“NCPRD would have liked to continue serving our Happy Valley residents, but respects the city’s decision to offer those services directly,” said NCPRD Director Scott Archer. “We are proud of our record in Happy Valley and how many residents participate in our recreational programming.”
“As for new park facilities,” Archer noted, “within three years of entering the district, we are pleased to have delivered on the city’s number one priority at the time – a 30-acre park with sports fields, next to a school in the Rock Creek area. Hood View Park is a tremendous community asset, widely used by Happy Valley schoolchildren and sports leagues, and will be there for generations to come.”
The development of Hood View Park was the largest project in NCPRD’s history and was financed with funding from multiple agencies in addition to NCPRD and the city, including Metro, Clackamas County, and the North Clackamas School District. Through a partnership agreement between NCPRD and the school district, its sports fields are used by the school district during school days, and programmed by NCPRD after school hours, on weekends and during school breaks. In addition to the sports fields, the park includes picnic facilities, a playground, and a walking trail, all developed during the initial $18 million Phase 1. Phase 2, which was outlined in the district’s approved Capital Improvement Plan, included plans for a recreation center and other amenities.
NCPRD currently maintains, or provides funding to maintain, all neighborhood parks, trails and natural areas in and around Happy Valley, including Mount Talbert Nature Park and Happy Valley Nature Park. It provides these services as part of an overall park and trail maintenance plan network offered throughout its 36-square-mile district.
NCPRD also currently serves thousands of Happy Valley youth and adults with recreational and sports programming, summer camps, Movies in the Park, and other recreational programs. It also provides Happy Valley residents with in-district rates at the popular North Clackamas Aquatic Park.
NCPRD and the city will work together in coming months to determine transition plans for the maintenance effort and recreational programming.
Today, NCPRD serves over 122,000 district residents within the city of Milwaukie, Happy Valley, and unincorporated areas of North Clackamas County, including Oak Grove, Jennings Lodge, and Sunnyside. After Happy Valley’s withdrawal, NCPRD will return to its original boundaries, and remain second only to Tualatin Hills Parks & Recreation District among the largest parks and recreation districts in the state, providing a professional level of park and recreation programs and services.