On February 25, the City of Wilsonville’s Parks and Recreation Advisory Board awarded $20,000 in Clackamas County Tourism “Community Partnership Program” grants to fund five local proposals. The funded proposals include:
• Wilsonville Parks and Recreation Dept. – Memorial Park Disk Golf Course ($10,000)• Willamette Falls Heritage Area Coalition – Interactive Willamette Falls Area Map ($4,000)• Oregon Cascade Fast Pitch Softball Club – Men’s Fast-Pitch Softball Tournament ($3,000)• Willamette United Soccer Club – Mount Hood Challenge Soccer Tournament ($2,000)• Farmlandia Farm Loop – Information Kiosks ($1,000)
The purpose of the County grant program is to increase the numbers of tourist visitors and increase the economic impact of tourism in Wilsonville and in Clackamas County. Other objectives of the progam include: increasing overnight lodging stays in Clackamas County; bringing visitors into communities from greater than 50 miles away to shop, dine, recreate, attend arts or cultural offerings, or visit heritage sites; and enticing visitors to “linger longer.”
Funding for the Clackamas County Tourism-Community Partnership Program (CPP) grants comes from Clackamas County’s 6% transient lodging tax paid by overnight lodging visitors.
The City-administered County tourism grant program is separate and distinct from the City’s Community Tourism and Community Opportunity grant programs, which are also awarded by the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board as well, but under a separate process.
For more information, go online to www.WilsonvilleParksandRec.com/GrantPrograms; or contact Brian Stevenson, Recreation Coordinator, at 503-570-1523, firstname.lastname@example.org.