North Albany County Park is not usually a busy place. No crowds jostle for space. Which makes it a welcome oasis among the subdivisions spreading out on all sides. Now Benton County is seeking public "input" on what the park could or should be in years to come.
I wrote about this a few weeks ago, and the number of comments from nearby residents showed more than the usual amount of interest. All those folks and lots of others may want to show up the evening of Tuesday, June 7, when the county will hold a community meeting from 6 to 7:30 at the park's shelter.
There are two points to the meeting. One is to discuss plans for the nearby 10-acre natural area the county has just acquired, through donation, at the southwest corner of Crocker Lane and Valley View Drive. And second, this is to be the first in a series of community meetings the county parks people will hold to gather opinions about the park itself.
The natural area and the existing park do not adjoin each other, but they will be connected with a walking path. And the county is making plans for what if any changes might be made in the main section of the park. This has to do with issues or things like access points, especially for disabled people; equipment, facilities, possible uses, and perhaps an area for dogs.
If you're interested and want more information, you can reach park operations coordinator Lisa De Graaf in Corvallis at 541-766-6027. And you'll want to reserve that June evening to show up and contribute ideas. (hh)