Park shelter takes shape
Ten years after a flood destroyed the middle school in the small town of Vernonia, Oregon, a park shelter is rising on the site. Local volunteers are building the structure, designed by AWB-Oregon with assistance from Lower Columbia Engineering. Materials include old-growth fir planks and timbers salvaged from Vernonia's flood-damaged grade school which was subsequently rebuilt outside the flood zone.
"The City of Vernonia envisioned a multipurpose shelter that could be the focal point for City events in the park, serve as a bandstand for summer concerts, and be available as a public picnic shelter when bigger events are not taking place," said AWB board member John Blumthal who coordinated AWB's work with the City. Jesse Stemmler, a landscape architect volunteering with AWB, has developed a landscape plan for the area surrounding the shelter. The project is managed by the City of Vernonia and funded by a State of Oregon grant. Construction is expected to be complete by the end of the year.
Vernonia park shelter roof framing