There has been continuous pressure to develop "open spaces" and the Gladstone Nature Park is no exception.
No Gravel Pit!
A subsequent city council has taken an opposite stand and has considered taking steps to log our White Oak Savanna, mine the rock for gravel, and sell the land to pay for the new buildings on Portland Avenue.
For park neighbors this means...
Noise from mining operation and blasting
Large gravel trucks with trailers on our streets
Traffic congestion on Webster/Oatfield/82nd Avenue
9. Motion to direct staff to hire Sisul Engineering for the Staff review of the Oatfield/Webster Property. Interim City Administrator Schultz explained that if the City wants to sell the property that any requirements regarding public right-of-way will be taken care of beforehand. Councilor Sieckmann made a motion to approve the staff recommendation. Motion was seconded by Councilor McMahon. Discussion: Councilor Johnson had a concern regarding the possibility of mining for gravel. Interim City Administrator Schultz said he could remove that section. Mayor Jacobellis feels that it should be left in because there could be some additional value in the property. Councilor Johnson also wanted to clarify that this is not park land or open space - it is commercial property. Councilor Sieckmann also feels that the mining section should be left in. He would also like to see a timeframe for completion included. Motion passed unanimously.
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