YEAR IN REVIEW
Through it all, our community remained connected
In the face of a pandemic, unprecedented wildfires and an offseason ice storm, the North Clackamas community found ways to maintain its vibrancy and collective spirit. We've been honored to join our resilient neighbors to continue our mission of enriching community vitality and promoting healthy living through parks and recreation. As we enter 2022 and look back on 2021, we’ve never been more committed to serving our community by maintaining, nurturing and providing increasingly vital connections to nature, recreation and one another.
Parks, Trails &
NCPRD staff is committed to providing residents with access to beautiful parks and natural areas—a responsibility that has only deepened during the ongoing surge in park and trail use. We know that these greenspaces are crucial to our collective and individual mental and physical health, and our team is honored to continue fulfilling such a vital need for our community.
Elk Rock Island Restoration
Following the historic wildfire on Elk Rock Island in 2020, NCPRD partnered with the City of Milwaukie to restore damage to just under two acres of land on the island. Our efforts to repair the fire-damaged site included restoring sensitive habitat and mitigating hazards. Elk Rock Island opened for the community to enjoy once more in March 2021.
Repaired 250 ft. of trail within the burn site to mitigate further soil erosion and create a safe and sturdy tread.
Spread native grass seed and weed-free straw in the severe burn areas to help establish root structures to stabilize the soil.
Native plant seed was spread in the burn area to reestablish the scorched ground cover.
While the Aquatic Park remained closed for much of the year due to COVID-19, we used this time to enhance the facility with deep cleanings and new interior paint and signage. During closure, staff also identified opportunities for budget savings, including draining the pool and getting creative with utilities. The Aquatic Park partially reopened with a fresh new look and increased safety protocols, getting patrons back in the water for aquatic health and safety programs.
“Covid restrictions are well put in place. Everyone has their space and it's not crowded at all! They even give you a small container to keep your mask dry. So happy they're able to be open again."
NCPRD welcomed back residents of all ages with a variety of recreation programs designed to promote healthy and active lifestyles, including dance, art, fitness and wellness programs.
Additionally, our staff created production studios and trained instructors on new video technology to make sure we could deliver the same high-quality programs in a virtual format, providing residents with opportunities to remain active and connected at home.
“The entire program is wonderful! The coaches are very positive and have great workouts. They modify skills to each individual when needed and keep the students interested. Great job, NCPRD!”
The Milwaukie Center remained closed through most of 2020–2021 due to the pandemic, but the Center continued providing essential social services including its Meals on Wheels program, delivering vital nutrition and human connection to the community’s older residents and homebound adults with disabilities.
"As I live in Virginia, it was reassuring to know that my brother had a daily hot and nutritious meal delivered by a friendly face. Our family is grateful for the good work your organization does for those in need."
—Family of Meals on Wheels Client
NCPRD’s volunteers lend their time and skills to support and nurture our community. Their commitment is fundamental to powering a variety of NCPRD programs and services, including Meals on Wheels, park and natural area enhancement, and sports programming.
With the pandemic preventing in-person gatherings, NCPRD staff was determined to find creative ways to safely provide fun, enriching and community-building events for families. To make this possible, we adapted many of our popular events, including Winter Celebrations and Famous Thanksgiving Dinner, with grab-and-go kits, drive-thru celebrations and virtual event programming. When certain events were canceled altogether, including Movies and Concerts in the Park, we introduced new events and activities to safely meet the needs of the community.
“We loved it! You all did such an amazing job and it was great family fun! Thank you so much!”
New Park at
In October 2020, NCPRD officially opened the new park and trail at Boardman Wetlands for all to enjoy. This 5.8-acre park, developed in partnership with Oak Lodge Water Services District, provides recreational activities for all ages, opportunities to connect with nature, and access to observe the diverse ecology of wetland habitats.
Though a grand opening event has been put on hold, NCPRD found other ways to invite neighbors to enjoy their newest park by offering a virtual park tour, scavenger hunt and coloring sheet.
Milwaukie Bay Park
With the final schematic design for Milwaukie Bay Park now completed, the focus of the project has shifted to securing funds and agreements needed for construction, and on bringing on a Construction Manager to work with the design team during the 2021–2022 preconstruction phase. To help bridge the gap in funding, the City of Milwaukie is contributing $1 million toward the project, while NCPRD has secured $750,000 through the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department Local Government Grant Program, and $1.047 million through the National Parks Service’s Land and Water Conservation Fund.
Concord School Project
After incorporating the perspectives and opinions of more than 1,000 residents, NCPRD has completed the master plan to redevelop the Concord Property. NCPRD acquired the property, which has been at the heart of the Oak Grove community for more than a century, to preserve the former school building for future generations. Now, the new master plan paves the way for opportunities to provide expanded and improved recreation, park and community services. Efforts are ongoing to bring this vision to fruition.
NCPRD is a county service district with a dedicated permanent tax rate of $0.5382 per $1,000 of assessed value, Additional funding sources include user fees and charges, System Development Charges (SDCs), grants, and other contributions and donations. View detailed financial information and budget documents here.