Curtin Creek Community Park
Community Open House
Thank you to everyone who joined us at the Curtin Creek Community Park Open House! The open house was held on November 13, 2019 at Prairie High School and nearly 100 community members attended. Materials presented at the open house are provided below.
Open House Boards (PDF)
In 1999, Clark County and the City of Vancouver jointly purchased a 38.67-acre area at 12603 Northeast 72nd Ave. The purpose was to establish a Vancouver fire station on 5.67 acres and a county park on the remaining 33 acres. Of those 33 acres, 16.18 acres will be used for park development and the remaining 16.82 acres will remain in its natural state. In 2016, the Gaddis Wetlands Natural Area, a 49-acre wetland mitigation site, was constructed south of the site and extends onto the eastern portion of the county property.
The surrounding area is growing rapidly, with hundreds of new homes being built in near proximity to the future park. As a regional provider for parks, recreational facilities, trails and open spaces, Clark County is tasked with keeping pace with growing public demand by designing and constructing facilities that meet the needs of a growing population.
In 2005, voters approved the Metropolitan Parks District Levy for dedicated funding to construct 35 new parks. A number of sports fields and new trails were also included in the tax levy. To date, 31 parks have been completed and Curtin Creek Community Park will be the 32nd.
The Future Park
The county is launching a master planning process as the next step in planning the future of Curtin Creek Community Park. The park is envisioned to have all the typical amenities of a community park, including parking, walking trails, picnic shelters, restrooms, playground equipment, and field areas. The park will provide a gathering place for the community with a range of active and passive recreational opportunities.
The site offers a unique opportunity to provide recreational amenities to support the growing population and connect the community with the natural surroundings, including territorial views of forests, farm lands, wildlife, and views of both Mt. Hood and Mt. St Helens. The adjacent Gaddis Wetlands Natural Area provides a great opportunity for low impact recreation such as hiking, viewing wildlife, and environmental education.
Preliminary Project Schedule
- Master Plan (September 2019 – December 2019)
- Final Design and Engineering (January 2020 – January 2021)
- Construction Begins (Spring/Summer 2021)
Scott Sawyer, capital project manager, Clark County Public Works
Magan Reed, senior communications specialist, Clark County Public Works