Pre-1900, this promontory of 40 feet of basalt was a forested area with wetlands. Today it is a 10-acre Nature Park, with trails, a park bench, a picnic table, and flora and fauna to delight all who visit.
Pre-1900 This promontory of 40 feet of basalt was a forested area with wetlands. Less than a mile away, the Clackamas Indians lived in lodges along the Clackamas River.
1907 The first official Clackamas County Fair was held in Gladstone Park.
Early 1900s The land, probably purchased by Mr. Cason, who also bought what is now the Seventh Day Adventist Park, was cleared of trees and drained for farming. Attempts to farm the land failed.
1999 City rejects a plan for low-income housing to be built on the land. Land is rezoned as commercial to avoid future low-income housing developments. Ken Lahey plans to put a strip mall and an Albertsons on the land. The project would involve clearing all the trees, blasting 30 feet of rock down to street level, crushing the rock down into gravel, and hauling it away in 700,000 dump truck loads. Amid public outcry, the city rejects the proposal, but Clackamas County issues the permit. After a court battle, the city condemns the land and pays Lahey $3.1 million.
2007 City Resolution 934 designates the land for use as a park, open space, and new library site.
City Resolution 971 adds the park to the City Master Plan. Gladstone received a Metro Nature in Neighborhoods Grant for a paved trail and trail easements in the park.
2014 The Gladstone Nature Park is brought up in the Library Advisory Committee as a “source of revenue” for the library and other undisclosed projects.
2015 Measure 3-471 passes, stipulating that "certain surplus properties" be sold off to fund a new police station and city hall. This vague language puts all Gladstone public land at risk. At the town hall meeting, the mayor and city council members publicly discuss extracting and selling gravel from the Gladstone Nature Park.
Citizen committee Friends of Gladstone Nature Park formed to protect the park as well as neighborhood interests.
2016 Measures 3-505 and 3-506 were approved by Gladstone voters, with more than 80 percent in favor, that will require public votes if the city ever intends to sell a public park for private development. 3-505 : Charter Amendment Requiring Approval for Park Sale or Lease 3-506 : Charter Amendment Requiring Voter Approval to Change Designation of Parks
WHAT OUR NEIGHBORS ARE SAYING
"We have limited parks and it would be foolish to lose any amount of these precious resources to more development." - Norm & Carol Kopp
"We appreciate all you are doing. We love the trail and walk our dogs there all the time." - Ellen and John Skofstad
Friends of Gladstone Nature Park PO Box 711 Gladstone, OR 97027