Park Plans Move Ahead; Bridge Work Continues Monday; Volunteers Needed; BJ’s Celebrates 40th Year

Park Plans Move Ahead

Plans are moving forward to convert a stretch of land along the banks of the Siuslaw river into a city park.  The property just west of the water treatment facility is being planned for a day use park that will include a picnic shelter, walking trails and a boat tie off.  The City Planning commission will consider a resolution at its meeting Tuesday to provide a conditional use permit for the site.  There is not in-water work planned for the park.  All of the upgrades will be on land.  The property was formerly owned by the Port of Siuslaw.  The planning commission meeting will be at the Florence Event Center at 5:30 pm Tuesday.

Bridge Work Continues Monday

It has been a quiet couple months over the Siuslaw River with construction crews taking a break from repairs and upgrades during the summer season, but that will all change Monday as crews return to finish their work.  The Oregon Department of transportation has issued a statement that crews will begin at midnight Sunday night and finish by 8 am Monday morning and then work from that point forward will be Monday through Thursday 7pm to 8am.  beginning the 17 crews will finish pouring the remaining bridge rail curb.  That time frame has not yet been released.  ODOT is still expecting the project to be completed by March of 2019.

Volunteers Needed

Dunes City is looking for volunteers to help with a clean-up of Woahink Lake.  The event is planned for September 29th and will begin at 11 am.  Maps and supplies will be provided.  The city asks that participants wear bright clothing and wear gloves.  If you have a safety vest that will be a good idea too.  In the past, the cleanups have included a plastics count, there is not one currently planned for this event.  Volunteers are directed to meet at the boat ramp.  Clean up is expected to be completed by 2pm that afternoon.

BJ’s Celebrates 40th Year

On Tuesday, BJ’s Ice Cream will be celebrating 40 years.  The Ice Cream parlor and batch ice cream maker first opened its doors in 1978 with family recipes and has since expanded to several cities in the state including Sisters, Albany, Ashland and 6 other cities.  BJ’s will be rolling back its cone prices at the Highway 101 store to the 1978 price of $.40 and all proceeds that day will be going to the Roy Doneghy scholarship fund.