Whitewater park proposed north of Willamette Falls

Oregon City whitewater park

It was a packed house at the Oregon City Business Alliance's meeting in the Abernathy Center Tuesday morning, where local business owners and commissioners heard the latest proposal to build a whitewater park just north of Willamette Falls.

Falls Legacy LLC is collaborating with Oregon City, Clackamas County and other non-profits to make Oregon City a recreational destination with the addition of the park.

It would be similar to the whitewater park that opened in Bend last September, and would offer tubing, kayaking, surfing and even whitewater wave levels for beginners to elite athletes.

Local business owner Crystal Pyatt just opened her bakery on Main Street in Oregon City and is open to the idea.

"I know this area is ripe for change and all of the people who live here are very interested in this becoming a community," said Pyatt.

She and her husband decided to open up their business in Oregon City because of its location and potential for growth.

"There's such history in Oregon City and that's one of things we were drawn to. We're just really excited to be a part of this rejuvenation that's going on," said Pyatt.

Local business owner Terry Enstad was born and raised in Oregon City. She said she'd like more information about the proposal, but still feels like this area might not be the best choice for an international attraction.

"I think adding anything more... I get concerned that the beauty of it will be taken away," said Enstad.

Developers will soon be taking public comment on the proposal before moving forward.

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