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A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

It’s a 17-hole course for now

Written October 27th, 2017 by Hasso Hering

Nobody was standing under this Bryant Park tree when the trunk snapped during the recent wind storm. But one of the baskets of the disc golf course was.


On a slow day, watch the river rise

Written April 28th, 2017 by Hasso Hering

Patrolling my riverfront beat on Friday afternoon on the bike, I could not help but notice that the Willamette had risen rather sharply over the last few days. Looks like the Corps upped its releases from the upstream dams.


Idle thoughts: We’re lacking lakes

Written February 13th, 2017 by Hasso Hering

There’s no news here, just an observation: Wouldn’t it be nice if the seasonal wintertime flooding of Albany’s Bryant Park was a permanent thing and people could enjoy something called Bryant Lake all year long?


Bridge to Bryant: Still safe but …

Written September 13th, 2016 by Hasso Hering

Every other day or so, my bike and I cross the Calapooia River on the Third Avenue Bridge. So it was of more than passing interest when I read that the bridge’s substructure was in “critical” shape.


New Year’s ice in Bryant Park

Written December 31st, 2014 by Hasso Hering

On the last day of 2014, part of Albany’s Bryant Park was still under water, as it had been for a week or two. This was not unusual for the season. What was unusual was that near the edges of this temporary lake, ice had formed.


Apostrophes: Revolution’s on hold

Written December 23rd, 2013 by Hasso Hering

With time weighing heavy on my hands, I have been known occasionally to rile a few readers by proposing a revolution. What I had in mind was to overthrow the apostrophe. But now I’m not so sure.


How about a bridge here?

Written July 11th, 2013 by

It’s my hope — forlorn though it may be — that some day a little floating bridge across the Calapooia River might once again link Albany’s Bryant and Monteith River parks. If you were around the mid-valley in the 1990s, you might remember that bridge, put in by Dave Clark, then the parks director in Albany. […]


Park mystery answered

Written May 11th, 2013 by

My bike route takes me through Albany’s Bryant Park almost every day, and I’ve been wondering about something: Why has the lower loop of the park drive near the Willamette River been closed to cars? During the routine wintertime flooding, the entire park road was closed. But the upper loop has been open since some time in March […]

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River’s rise closes Bryant Park

Written November 22nd, 2012 by

Now we know it’s fall. The drive through Albany’s Bryant Park, at the confluence of the Willamette and Calapooia rivers, has been closed to motor traffic because of high water. A city worker closed the gates on the park’s entrance and exit Wednesday afternoon. Running high after two days of occasionally heavy rain, the Calapooia […]


 
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