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News Release
Comm. Denyse McGriff L Mayor Rachel Lyles Smith R
Comm. Denyse McGriff L Mayor Rachel Lyles Smith R
D. C. Latourette Park Ribbon Cutting - 06/05/21

The City of Oregon City in partnership with neighbors and community members are proud to re-open the revitalized D. C. Latourette Park on Saturday, June 5, 10 a.m. The park, located at 902 11th Street, is now home to a new nature play area with play structures, upgraded walking path, refurbished basketball court, entry way, and additional seating. These upgrades and additions make the park accessible for children and adults at all ability levels.  

D. C. Latourette Park was formerly an outdoor swimming pool (1935- 1965) and has undergone years of planning and transformation with the help of Girl Scout Troop 45064, and the Latourette Core Team a mix of neighborhood members and park enthusiast.

“The Latourette Park Project is the epitome of building community through collaboration and partnerships. We are grateful for the work of the Latourette Core Team and Girl Scout Troop 45064, who advocated for fun, play, and recreational opportunities in a dilapidated park. The impressive coalition of partners, including Metro, has allowed the vision of the community to be realized,” said Oregon City Mayor, Rachel Lyles Smith.

The project received Metro Community Enhancement Grants, a Nike Grant, National Realtors Association grant, a National Park Service  Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Award, Provident Willamette Falls Community grant and funds from the Portland Garden Club to help fund the $590,000 project constructed by Paul Brothers Inc.

Lattourette Core Team leader, Heidi McKay, said, “Place making, gathering, collaborating and caring for people and place has always been the Latourette Core team’s number one goal. I only hope there’s someone out there for us to pass the torch on to, continue the park beautification and the ongoing intentionality of this new space.”

History: D. C. Latourette Park, formerly an outdoor swimming pool (1935- 1965) was Oregon City’s first Municipal swimming pool. After a series of attempts to improve the facilities, including the addition of hot showers, a bath house, a chlorination system, and a 10-cent admission charge, maintenance issues forced a closure. In 1969, the old pool tank was filled and covered. Eventually, it became D.C. Latourette Park site. The park was adopted by Girl Scout Troop 45064 in 2015 and the City has been working with neighbors around the park since to shape the future of the park. The ground breaking of the park was held on August 19, 2020.

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