Results and Accomplishments
As of February 1, 2005 approximately 101 mostly low income residences and 3 commercial properties had been acquired and removed from the McKenzie Creek floodplain. As a result, nearly 50 acres have become available for greenway (recreational) development.
A new city park, Handy Park, has been developed, which includes a shelter building, picnic tables, park benches, restrooms, playground equipment, tree plantings, and a gazebo for entertainment and social functions.
Approximately 500 trees have been planted along McKenzie Creek to restore and improve riparian corridors and fish and wildlife habitat. Removing old car bodies, appliances, and other debris that had accumulated over many years has restored approximately 1,000 feet of streambank.
A one mile long walking trail, baseball field, and soccer field have also been completed.
As of February 1, 2005 approximately $4,200,000 has been spent or allocated to fund project activities. The plan calls for total project costs of about $5,600,000.