I support the establishment of Oregon Sculpture Garden Park at 249 N. Main Street. It will be a beautiful, imaginative, and appropriate use of the property and will benefit the broad Oregon community.
It will benefit children, adults, and seniors who reside throughout Oregon. It will benefit businesses as people come from outside Oregon to visit the park and, in conjunction, patronize restaurants and stores. How lucky we are to have this one remaining gem of greenspace in our downtown.
Parking has recently been mentioned as a possible issue. Oregon has a parking ordinance that requires one- and one-half parking spaces per apartment unit. So, a 30-unit apartment building would require 45 parking spaces.
Parking spaces are not required for Oregon parks. The Sculpture Garden Park would not have to have parking at all. If desired, a small permeable parking area for convenience would be in line with a natural landscape and would not result in water runoff as asphalt or concrete would.
The Keller Alpine Meadows natural area is 200 acres. and it has a small parking lot. This is because large groups of people do not congregate at nature parks the way ball players, spectators, and families gather at Jaycee Park. Lerner Park, also a natural area, has no parking lot at all.
This Oregon Sculpture Garden Park would only be 2.7 acres. People will come and go to walk or bike through the park at random, enjoying the sculptures, garden paths, etc. Although a shelter is proposed, this is not a bandstand that draws many people at once. Some people might be downtown having a bite to eat and then just walk to the park, or they might carry their meal from a restaurant to the park.
This beautiful park will not need the kind of parking that is required by developments and building construction. It will feature nature and public art. It will fit nicely into the historic neighborhood with a welcoming entranceway visible to traffic passing on Main Street.
There are approximately 100 parking spaces in the vicinity, some on the side streets and sixty-two parking spaces in the Netherwood Knoll School parking lot across the street. The school district has given permission to use that parking lot when school is not in session.
The claim that this park will require lots of parking is just erroneous.