HR Parks Holds First Meeting On Sportsfield/Park Development

The Hood River Valley Parks and Recreation District held its first community meeting on what the public would like to see in a potential sportsfield and park development.  The district is negotiating to purchase eight acres zoned for light industrial use in the Guignard Drive area..  This parcel is much smaller than the 30 acres that were available in the proposed Barrett Park that did not receive county approval…but District Director Lori Stirn notes this is flatter ground.  Stirn says the early estimate puts the cost of development at $2,000,000, and the district does have $494,000 of grant money from the Barrett project available.  System development charges could also be used to pay for the project, but Stirn says they would have to build the project in phases and would be looking for community help.  Stirn says they are currently negotiating to require the land and develop a conditional use permit application.

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