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Punchbowl deal done; county will close Routson Park

Hood River News, March 25, 2016

By: Patrick Mulvihill

One park down, one gained.

Hood River County on Monday sealed a purchase and sale agreement with Western Rivers Conservancy to acquire land at Punchbowl Falls, a popular waterfall near Dee, which will become a “passive use” park dedicated to pedestrian trails.

The same night, Hood River County Board of Commissioners closed the chapter on forested Routson Park, located south of Parkdale, which they feel isn’t worth the cost of maintaining anymore.

Punchbowl Park comes via a $470,000 grant from Oregon Parks and Recreation District, which helped the county buy the 103-acre property from Western Rivers, a Portland conservation non-profit, in order to establish a protected public park.

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