We are extremely pleased to announce that the Oregon City Commission approved the Willamette Falls Legacy Project Master Plan Wednesday night! The vote represents the first of many stages in the transformation of the 22-acre site from a vacant industrial site to a world-class mixed use destination in downtown Oregon City.
Thank you again to all who helped shape the Master Plan by contributing ideas, sharing opinions, and raising awareness. The project partners could not have accomplished this task without the tremendous public interest and participation. We owe all our partners and stakeholders congratulations today. Metro Councilor Carlotta Collette said it best in her editorial to the Clackamas Review this week:
“Oregon City provided critical leadership, ensuring its community values would be represented first and foremost in the future of the Blue Heron site. The state of Oregon, Metro and Clackamas County recognized the importance of Willamette Falls early on, providing financial and technical support for Oregon City’s work.
Our private sector partners have been important, as well. The development team, led by George Heidgerken, has helped us keep our forward momentum, recognizing the significance of the Blue Heron site and the potential Willamette Falls provides. PGE has been a great partner, as well, from day one, offering technical expertise as the owner of the hydropower plant at the falls.
Willamette Falls isn’t just a natural wonder. It’s an important heritage site for the first people who called the Willamette Valley home. The insight and support from the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde has been vital.
Oregon City’s vote to move forward recognizes this shared parentage — this huge success. It also signals the start of the rest of the project. We’re really just beginning.
Together, we are about to introduce our very special place to the rest of the region, the state, and the country. We should all feel like pretty proud parents.”
Site Tours November 21st
The staff of the Willamette Falls Legacy Project is happy to announce another opportunity for public tours of the former Blue Heron mill site! On November 21st, staff, along with volunteers from the Willamette Falls Heritage Area Coalition, will lead hour-long tours of the site. There are three time slots available – sign up at our Eventbrite page here
The link includes important details about the tour; we ask that you read these thoroughly before registering.