Helping build communities–Jon Storm Park (2010)
Oregon State Parks helps local parks, too
Funded through lottery dollars, the Local Government Grant program helps Oregon communities acquire land, build new parks or spruce up existing parks. Really great things are happening in local parks across the state. Each month, we’ll feature a park that has benefitted from grant dollars. Stay tuned—one of these parks may be in your community!
This spring, Oregon City is unveiling its newest park, Jon Storm Park. Once a run-down logging facility, Oregon City officials believe this park will quickly become a popular spot for leisure and recreation. The 1½- acre park overlooks the Willamette River and serves as an important link in the Willamette River Trail, which connects Clackamette Park to Willamette Falls.
In 2005, Oregon City received a $330,000 grant from Oregon State Parks to cover nearly half the park development. The park has an entry plaza, interpretive areas, a riverfront overlook area and a parking lot. The site highlights the area’s rich history and valuable natural assets, while also encouraging visitors to enjoy the outdoors. A large patch of green grass lends itself to a picnic, a game of Frisbee or an afternoon with a good book. Jon Storm Park also provides access to nearby boat docks and plenty of places to see wildlife.
Jon Storm Park is named after an Oregon City volunteer who lost his life in a 1994 Arbor Day clean-up project.