December 14, 2018
The City and County continue to disagree on the process used to withdraw from North Clackamas Parks and Recreation District (NCPRD). Clackamas County Circuit Court has yet to issue a final judgement and is awaiting additional filings by the parties. Unfortunately, it appears the Judge is siding with Clackamas County, although we will wait on these final steps before knowing the ultimate result.
We are disappointed in this outcome as Happy Valley residents overwhelmingly approved a parks levy indicating the community’s support for the City to manage its parks and recreation programs. In addition, the challenge to the process the City followed came as a surprise given it was the process both parties agreed to a year and a half ago. We were hoping to work more collaboratively to assure a smooth transition.
Despite this decision, Happy Valley remains committed to moving forward and resolving this matter in a positive way, ensuring that our residents receive a level of service they deserve.
We want to emphasize this court ruling does not change the earlier court decision which found Clackamas County and the NCPRD to be in breach of contract when they neglected to utilize development fees solely from Happy Valley to build several new park facilities based on an agreement that was signed in 2005. The result of this was for $13.5 million to be returned to Happy Valley. The County is currently challenging this and a court decision is expected in the near future. We will continue to keep residents up to date with information as it occurs.
If you have questions, please contact Ben Bryant at 503-783-3840 or firstname.lastname@example.org.