Oregon City names new park after fallen local hero

Tyrone S. Woods Memorial Park - KATU photo and Oregon City map

OREGON CITY, Ore. – Oregon City named its newest park after a local hero who was killed while working for the Central Intelligence Agency in Benghazi six years ago.

The City of Oregon City’s Park and Recreation Advisory Committee will recommend the new 9.1-acre park be named Tyrone S. Woods Memorial Park. The new park is located in the Caufield Neighborhood.

Woods was a native Oregonian and graduated from Oregon City High School in 1989. He was a Navy Seal and served in several combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. He died while serving in 2012.

The city received more than 400 suggested names for the park before settling on Tyrone S. Woods Memorial Park.

“This is an honor that was never anticipated or expected, and I am truly humbled, as Tyrone would be, by this tribute to his legacy of heroism. The American people have goodness in them beyond our comprehension, and this is one beautiful example of their great collective heart. This park will always stand as a symbol of our local community's dedication to never forget Tyrone's courage and sacrifice -- a beloved man and fierce patriot who did what was right, not what was easy. I sincerely appreciate all the devoted and caring Americans who voted for my son. Thank you so much,” Woods’ mother, Cheryl Bennett, said.

The park is located at the intersection of Glen Oak Road and High School Avenue. It’s slated for construction in spring of 2019. The park will include an open lawn area, playground, picnic shelter, boardwalk, walking path system, and an off-leash dog park.

Commissioners can adopt the name at a meeting on Dec. 5.

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