Home Home About the Park Gallery Trail Hub Trail Hub Westside Plan Size Westside Survey Hood River Land Housing Issues Legal Issues Contact Us Take Action Save Morrison Park Morrison Park is in danger of being converted to a housing development. Will you help us save it? “What we save now may be all we save.” -- former Secretary of the Interior Stewart Udall Morrison Park is one of Hood River City's oldest parks. The Park contains more than 5 acres of Oregon white oak and Ponderosa pine, with open meadows and trails that lead down to the Columbia River. It is a sanctuary for birds and wildlife in the middle of our city, and serves as a corridor for deer down to the bank of the River. The City of Hood River is trying to rezone this beautiful 5-acre small woodland park so a low-income housing development can be built on the site. We appreciate that the City has good intentions, and we are supportive of low-income housing in the city, but we do not believe that removing our parks and open space are the right way to do this. Once our open space and parks are lost, we will never recover them. ? Instead of removing park land from the city, we believe it is better for both our low-income residents and the city as a whole to distribute low-income housing equitably in every newly-developed neighborhood. And in fact, the entire Westside of Hood River is currently under consideration for rezoning to allow more housing. This is the more appropriate and healthy place for development of housing of all sorts, including housing for our low-income neighbors. . UPCOMING EVENTS: Thursday, May 18, 5:00 p.m: Final deadline for submitting email or written testimony the City Council. The City Council held a public hearing on May 11, which was well attended. Many Park supporters attended to advocate for saving the Park and gave excellent testimony on a range of issues. The City Council agreed to leave the written record open until Thursday, May 18, 5:00 p.m. for additional email or written testimony. Even if you have already given testimony, you're encouraged to add additional thoughts. There are over 700 pages of testimony so far, and the Council members may only have time to read the most recent submissions. Submit an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your comments, or drop a written letter off at City Hall (211 2nd Street) before the deadline. It is critical to speak up. That's the only way the Councilors can know what you are thinking and can find out how much community support the Park enjoys. Monday, May 22, 6:00 p.m: Slide presentations by Jim Klaas and Jurgen Hess before the City Council, followed by the Council's deliberation and final decision on whether to rezone Morrison Park for housing. At the conclusion of the May 11 hearing the Council requested presentations of Jim Klaas' Greenbelt proposals and Jurgen Hess' perspective on need for parks. Following this presentation, the Council will deliberate on the proposal to rezone the Park, and will make its final decision. You're encouraged to come and hear the presentations and to show Councilors that you support the Park, even though no additional public testimony will be allowed after the written record closes on May 18 at 5:00 pm (see above). Home About the Park Gallery Trail Hub Trail Hub Westside Plan Size Westside Survey Hood River Land Housing Issues Legal Issues Contact Us Take Action ?