The following Crown Park information was prepared by the City of Camas:
Why not just replace the Camas Municipal Pool at Crown Park?
We understand that many people loved Camas Municipal Pool and have fond memories of their time there. However, through public outreach, the majority of Camas citizens have expressed interest in a community facility that is usable year-round and provides multiple recreational amenities. The Crown Park location cannot accommodate the size of such facilities or the parking and traffic enhancements that would be needed with them. Construction of another outdoor pool at Crown Park, though less in cost, would only provide use for roughly 10 weeks each year and would only fulfill a fraction of the features and programs sought by most Camas residents.
What’s the plan for Crown Park?
Public input gathered from 2017 to 2018 helped create the Crown Park Master Plan, which was presented to Camas City Council at its Nov. 5, 2018, workshop. Today, the plan serves as a vision for the park and a framework for future funding decisions. In 2019, we’ve been seeking bids, firming up costs, and starting to schedule work. Most improvements will be subject to the 2021-2022 budget cycle that begins next year. Here’s an overview of the proposed features included in the Crown Park Master Plan:
- Interactive water feature
- Large destination playground
- Permanent restrooms
- Outdoor amphitheater
- Sports court
- New ADA accessible pathways
- Access improvements to Scout Hall
- Flexible lawn space
- New site furnishings
- Upgraded irrigation system
- Stormwater management gardens and updated plantings
Portions of these elements are already in the works:
Sports Court – In May 2019, an aging concrete slab that served as a basketball court was removed. In the upcoming months, we will be replacing it with a new multi-use sports court closer to Scout Hall and the play areas. Construction is anticipated for fall.
Upgraded Irrigation System – To ensure that new grass grows and thrives around the former pool site, an irrigation system is planned for installation in late July 2019, then the area will be reseeded. The orange fencing will remain until the grass is established, around late August 2019. Irrigation upgrades in other areas of the park will be made throughout the course of the project.
For more information on, please visit http://www.cityofcamas.us/parkshome/68-parkscat/819-parksprojects. Questions may be referred to Parks & Recreation Manager Jerry Acheson at [email protected] or 360-817-7990.
How does the Crown Park Master Plan relate to the proposed community aquatics center and sports fields?
When the Parks Commission and City Council approved the proposed features set forth in the Crown Park Master Plan, they made the requirement that the City continue to actively pursue options to fund and develop a year-round aquatic facility. Based on that requirement, we’re working on plans to bring a year-round community aquatics center to Camas at a location that can handle more amenities, parking, and access. The design for the proposed community aquatics center includes skylights and roll-up doors that will provide an open air experience and connection to nature.
Will any trees in Crown Park be removed?
No trees have been identified for removal. However, if a tree becomes identified as hazardous or bearing disease, it may be removed.
Here’s a link to a past article: https://lacamasmagazine.com/2018/06/city-of-camas-to-hold-public-hearing-on-crown-park-redesign.html