The Ford’s Pond Community Park project has been awarded three Oregon Parks and Recreation grants totaling over $960,000. These grants are funded by state lottery proceeds and federal revenues from oil/gas leases and fuel taxes.
Through the fundraising and grant writing efforts of the Friends of Ford’s Pond volunteers, over $1.8 million has been raised for improvements at the park!
The city will now be able to complete the perimeter path and add restrooms, picnic shelters, and an inclusive, natural playground. This will add a much-needed playground on the west side of Sutherlin. Construction is expected to be completed in 2022.
The playground will be built for inclusive play, self-discovery, and making friends—without barriers—welcoming to all ages and abilities. Play components will be integrated into the landscape design to complement the natural, open space park.
The playground components are not included in the grant funding. Specific sources for the components will be identified in the design phase. The Friends of Ford’s Pond will be kicking off a capital campaign this spring. Those wishing to make a donation at this time, may donate here.
Current Construction Update
Construction is underway on $760,000 of improvements including: parking, sidewalks, utilities, signage, security lighting, benches, and paving the first half of the perimeter path. This work is scheduled to be completed in early summer 2021.
The city has opened a temporary parking area off Hwy 138W, on the north side of the pond.
Artist’s Rendering of SE Community Park and Path
Ford's Pond Community Park
A City of Sutherlin open space/community park established in 2015.
The park consists of the 95-acre Ford’s Pond and 107 acres of open space, bordered on the west side by an oak-savanna hillside. Located in southwestern Oregon, the site was first commercially used as a wheat field and then converted to a log storage pond. Purchased in 2015 by the City of Sutherlin for municipal needs, the property, long a favorite with locals for fishing and birding, is also being developed as an open-space, community park.
The property is home to three different habitats, offering opportunities for nature viewing and recreation:
Ford’s Pond is a Birding Hot-Spot
With over 193 species of birds, the Umpqua Valley Audubon Society offers birding events at the park and maintains an eBird list.