On August 16, 2019, a jury awarded the City of Happy Valley $18 million in its claims that North Clackamas Parks and Recreation District (NCPRD) had breached its contract with the city for failing to complete certain projects. The following is a statement from Clackamas County Public Affairs Manager, Tim Heider.
We are disappointed with the jury’s decision and consider the verdict amount to be unjustified and unreasonable. The district is considering all of its legal options.
But it’s important to note that the decision does not change Happy Valley’s status within the North Clackamas Parks and Recreation District. The city remains part of the district as a result of a separate Circuit Court ruling nullifying the city’s earlier efforts to withdraw from the parks district after concluding that the city relied on the wrong law.
While we respect the city’s desire to provide their own parks services independently, this must be done according to state law and in a manner that is fair to all district residents. Until then, NCPRD will continue to provide top-quality services, programs, and facilities to all district residents, including those who live in Happy Valley.