Funds will be matched 100% by the Ford Family Foundation to complete the final phase of construction

A single large donation to the Wade Creek Park Building Fund helped the community reach the $200,000 goal to get the same amount in matching funds from the Ford Family Foundation.

The foundation has promised to match all local donations up to $200,000.

Local businessman and landowner Bill Hilands donated about a third of the total to reach $200,000 for the foundation’s maximum match.

The town has received donations from individuals in the community, local businesses and organizations, PGE, the Estacada Community Foundation, Friends of the Library, and local developer Holt Homes.

“We are grateful for the assistance that local grants writer Jane Reid provided in writing grants and raising funds for the project, as well as the Parks and Recreation Commission organizing the Sprint into Spring fundraiser. Fun Run and the Estacada Public Library for sponsoring the brick sale fundraiser,” said City Manager Melanie Wagner.

The fun fundraiser took place on Sunday, March 27 and raised over $1,000 to match the Ford Family Foundation’s October 2021 pledge.

“We are especially grateful for the collaborative efforts of Bill Hilands and David Gray of Cedar Ridge Homes, who enabled Mr. Hilands to donate the final third to get us across the finish line before the March 31 deadline. “, said Wagner.

“I think the world is a better place with the park coming up,” Hilands said.

“We are grateful for everyone’s contributions and look forward to opening the park and community building to the public this summer,” Wagner said.

The third and final phase of Wade Creek Park, located at 747 NW Wade St. behind the library, is scheduled to open in mid-July.

In the final phase, a stream replaced the duck pond. The new area will also have a small community building with outdoor amphitheater seating and a natural look with walking paths and boardwalks.

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