The City of Sutherlin is pleased to announce that the Ford’s Pond Community Park project has been awarded three Oregon Parks and Recreation grants totaling over $960,000. To date, the Friends of Ford’s Pond and the city’s 6-year partnership has resulted in grants and donations totaling over $1.8 million for improvements at the park.
These newest grants are funded by state lottery proceeds and federal revenues from oil/gas leases and fuel taxes. The city will now be able to complete the perimeter path and add restrooms, picnic shelters, and an inclusive, natural playground. This will add a much-needed playground on the west side of Sutherlin. Construction is expected to be completed in 2022.
The playground will be built for inclusive play, self-discovery, and making friends—without barriers—welcoming to all ages and abilities. Play components will be integrated into the landscape design to complement the natural, open space park.
The playground components are not included in the grant funding. Specific sources for the components will be identified in the design phase. The Friends of Ford’s Pond will be kicking off a capital campaign this spring. Those wishing to make a donation at this time, may visit the Friends’ website (www.fordspond.org).
Current Construction Update
Construction is underway on $760,000 of improvements including: parking, sidewalks, utilities, signage, security lighting, benches, and paving the first half of the perimeter path. This work is scheduled to be completed in early summer 2021. The city has opened a temporary parking area off Hwy 138W, on the north side of the pond.
Parking lot and sidewalk construction, February 2021
Our goal is to enrich people's lives through providing park and recreation facilities that benefit the quality of life for all Sutherlin residents and visitors. We invite you to explore the wide variety of park facilities throughout the City of Sutherlin area.
Public Works Facilities Division is responsible for the over-all maintenance and development of all city parks. Sutherlin offers over 240 acres of parks and recreational land to enjoy ranging from our most recent 25' x 100' Central Plaza Park to the 202 acre Ford's Pond site.
The way we utilize our leisure time directly affects our quality of life. Each park and facility's information is located at the left! A number of commuity events are held each year at our numerous park locations.