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Oak Lodge Library &
Community Spaces

A lot is happening in the Oak Grove and Jennings Lodge communities. Learn about a new library and other exciting projects in your area and help shape the future of your community.

Project Information

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Overview

Learn about the process to build a new Oak Lodge Library, and tell us about your vision for the new library. 
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Your Library Ideas

Provide your input on what library features, services and access needs are important to you. 
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Next Steps

Find out what happens next, and how to stay involved. 

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Overview

50,000 county residents will receive updated libraries in their service areas, with a combined estimated 25,500 sq. ft. of new space.

Clackamas County is working to improve library services—and is moving forward with planning for two new libraries: one in Oak Lodge and one within the City of Gladstone.

Community input is needed to help determine the location of the new Oak Lodge Library and what kinds of amenities it will provide.

Two New Libraries

The county will run both libraries, in a system modeled after the City of Sandy’s two-branch system.

Libraries of this size could be built from existing funds, without additional costs to taxpayers for library construction. If residents want to build a larger library, they can seek additional funding through alternative measures. These courses of action would need to be voted on by residents in the service area after careful consideration to the limitations of the ongoing operational budget.

The public (you!) will help determine what the library will be like, including: location, design, and services.

Cost & Funding Questions

How much will it cost to build Oak Lodge Library— and what does this mean for taxpayers?

Construction costs depend on the library location and design that the public wants. Certain locations will cost more, and certain library features are more expensive than others. At a conceptual level, construction of a 19,500-square-foot building could be built for an estimated $5.9 million. A library of this size and cost would not impose additional costs to taxpayers for construction.

However, the actual cost could be very different from this estimate, and cannot be known until we are further along in the planning, location and design of the library.

What if Oak Lodge residents decide they want to spend more money on their library?

If Oak Lodge residents want a library or a design that exceeds $5.9 million, they can seek additional funding through alternative measures. A vote within the service area would be needed to provide this additional funding.

Oak Lodge Library

An Oak Lodge Library of approximately 19,500 sq. ft. (nearly three times larger than the current library) at a location to be determined in the Oak Lodge area

Gladstone Library

A Gladstone Library of approximately 6,000 sq. ft. on city-owned land.


Question

What's your library vision? Write down three words that tell us what your top priorities are for the new Oak Lodge library.

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Your Library Ideas

We want to hear from you! Participate in the activities below to tell us what your priorities are for a new Oak Lodge Library.

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A library is more than a place to house books

Libraries are also places for residents to gather, learn, and build relationships with one another.
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  • A library is more than a place to house books

    A library is more than a place to house books

    Libraries are also places for residents to gather, learn, and build relationships with one another.

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Features

How important are these potential library features to you?

Separate spaces for children and teens (Check one.)
Space to read, relax or study (Check one.)
Small reservable meeting rooms (Check one.)
Large reservable community rooms for community events, etc. (Check one.)
Improved energy efficiency (Check one.)
Space for growing collection of library materials (Check one.)
Makerspace (Check one.)
Public art (Check one.)
Courtyard or outdoor gathering space (Check one.)
Community garden (Check one.)

Programs and Services

How important is it to you for the library to provide the following programs and services?

Children's educational programming (story times, etc.) (Check one.)
Early childhood resource groups (Check one.)
Adult enrichment programming (career development, etc.) (Check one.)
Programs and materials in different languages (Check one.)
Increased access to computers and internet (Check one.)
Reading groups/book clubs (Check one.)
Summer meal program for children (Check one.)
Outreach (retirement homes, schools, etc.) (Check one.)
Access to social services (Check one.)

Location

How important is it that the library has...

Access to public transit (Check one.)
Access to safe biking and walking options (Check one.)
Access to a nearby park or natural area (Check one.)
Ample parking (Check one.)
Drive-through hold service (Check one.)
Drive-up book drop (Check one.)

Other Comments?

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Next Steps

In early 2018, Clackamas County is collecting input from community members and Oak Lodge residents, including preferences for library amenities and access needs. The County will then review properties in the Oak Lodge area that could match these preferences, and present the options through a public process later in 2018. At that time we will ask for feedback on which properties best meet community needs. After narrowing in on the best choices, we’ll conduct evaluation studies to see which locations are actually suitable for a library. Then the public will again be asked to weigh in on locations they prefer. The final decision on the library location will be made by the County Board of Commissioners.

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Timeline: Opportunities for Input

Planning for the Oak Lodge Library is a collaborative effort between Clackamas County, local community groups and you—Oak Lodge residents. The project includes many ways for you to provide input.
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  • Timeline: Opportunities for Input

    Timeline: Opportunities for Input

    Planning for the Oak Lodge Library is a collaborative effort between Clackamas County, local community groups and you—Oak Lodge residents. The project includes many ways for you to provide input.

How will public input shape the Oak Lodge library?

The public will have the opportunity to be engaged throughout the process, particularly to provide input on the library’s location and services. Ideas generated through the public outreach process will be subject to building site and budget limitation. Because we are just beginning planning for the library, the public engagement details are still being developed. At this point, we anticipate the process outlined on the graphic.

More information

Learn more about the Library Plan at www.clackamas.us/libraryplan.


Final Questions

Tell us about yourself

On average, how often do you visit the current Oak Lodge Library? (Check one.)
On average, how often do you visit other libraries in the Clackamas County Library District? (Ledding Library, Oregon City Library, West Linn Library, etc.)? (Check one.)
How do you get to the library? (Check all that apply.)
What are the best ways to communicate with you? (Check all that apply.)
How did hear about this online open house? (Check all that apply.)

Optional Demographic Questions

We are requesting the following demographic information to help evaluate the effectiveness of our public outreach activities. Providing this information is voluntary.
What is your age? (Check one.)
How do you describe your race/ethnicity (Check all that apply.)
What is your gender (Check one.)
Do you rent or own your home? (Check one.)

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NCPRD and NCSD Strategic Partnership

North Clackamas Parks and Recreation District (NCPRD) and North Clackamas School District (NCSD) are forming a partnership to provide new community spaces throughout the NCPRD service district.

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  • Concord School Planning Process

    Concord School Planning Process

  • School Property Locations

    School Property Locations

  • New Properties to be Acquired

    New Properties to be Acquired

North Clackamas Parks and Recreation, North Clackamas Schools

Strategic Partnership Overview

The partnership benefits residents and students in the Parks District and School District areas. Under the agreement:

  • The School District purchases Hood View Park from NCPRD, providing needed sports fields for the planned development of a new high school. Hood View Park stays in the community to provide athletic fields and venue for sports programming.
  • The Parks District receives Concord Elementary School, Wichita Elementary School, and Clackamas Elementary School. The community will be engaged in a process to revitalize these properties for public uses.

Public Engagement

NCPRD and NCSD are dedicated to a thorough, inclusive and transparent public engagement process for the development of new parks and facilities. The 120,000 residents that make up the NCPRD Service District will be engaged in conversations on revitalizing and repurposing the elementary school properties.

More Information


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