D River Park and Open Space
Lincoln City Urban Renewal has requested comments on the proposed plans for the property north of the D River (formerly the Hedrick property). Half of the land is designated urban renewal and half open space. The Urban Renewal agency (same as the City Council) approved an initial cleanup of the site using labor from the county jail.
Migratory birds using the area are documented. The site is on the Oregon Coast Birding Trail. A kayak/canoe rental facility for the site has been suggested. (In Waldport, high schoolers earn money to operate a kayak touring facility on the Alsea River as part of an ecotourism program.) A trail will be constructed to connect with the West Devils Lake State Park boardwalk trail to the east and the ocean to the west under Hwy 101. Homeless people have used the Hwy 101 bridge for cover. Vegetation was removed in part to aid law enforcment and help prevent misuse of the site. Fishermen use the site. Picnic tables are in the plans. The City is seeking suggestions for a name for the site. Comments and ideas are welcome.