Ford’s Pond Park Will See Major Improvements Next Year

The City of Sutherlin in partnership with Friends of Ford’s Pond, has been awarded two Oregon Parks and Recreation Department grants totaling $632,086 to improve visitor access at the 202-acre Ford’s Pond Community Park. Along with a $5,000 C. Giles Hunt grant awarded to the Friends of Ford’s Pond and $11,000 raised through the nonprofit’s fundraising, the Sutherlin Chamber of Commerce has committed $50,000 from their tourism lodging tax. Improvements will focus on ADA-accessible parking and walking paths. The Friends of Ford’s Pond will continue to assist the city with grant writing and other fundraising for a permanent restroom, playgrounds, and picnic pavilions. Donations supporting these future projects can be made through the Friends’ website: www.fordspond.org
Construction is scheduled to begin Summer 2020. We are working to develop Ford’s Pond, an undeveloped recreational site, west of Sutherlin, into a community recreational asset for all to enjoy. We envision Ford’s Pond, to become a favorite destination for many inside and outside the Sutherlin area.