Astoria Scandinavian Heritage Park Moves Forward
Astoria Scandinavian Heritage Association (AHSA) members are celebrating as the Astoria City Council, City of Astoria Parks and Rec Board, and the Historic Landmarks Commission recently gave approval for the design of a park to be built on the Astoria Riverwalk. The park will honor the hardships and the contributions of early Scandinavian immigrants to the fabric of our North Coast community.
AHSA and City Council December 2018
Design approval was the result of a three-year process which included input from Scandinavian lodges and the general public as well as the design talents of The West Studio of Seattle, Washington who served as landscape architects. Early park concept exploration was funded by the Oregon
Community Foundation, but most of the $200,000- used to cover architectural and engineering costs- came from local donors and subsequent grants from the Astoria Sunday Market, the Pacific Power Foundation, the Samuel S. Johnson Foundation, the Finlandia Foundation Columbia Pacific Chapter, and the Oregon Cultural Trust.
Audrey West (The West Studio), Loran Mathews (ASHA President), and Judi Lampi ( Astoria Scandinavian Heritage Park Committee Chair)
Construction costs are estimated at $980,000 and major fundraising efforts are underway. The Fort George Brewery will host a benefit night for the Astoria Scandinavian Heritage Park on January 29th from 4-9 PM. ASHA will provide a silent auction, live music with the Polka Dots (duo accordions and bass), performance and participatory dance with the Nordic Viking Scandia Dancers, a visit by the Astoria Scan Fest Troll, Scandinavian trivia contests, and an Ole and Sven joke contest. A percentage of sales for the evening will benefit ASHA park efforts. Carruthers Restaurant in downtown Astoria will sponsor a“Scandelicious” multi-course feast on March 16th to benefit ASHA and the park. Details will be released soon.
More information about the park is available at www.astoriascanpark.org (including a link for online donations).
Aerial view of projected park at 90% completion (courtesy of The West Studio)