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Lincoln City: New Park Name, New Bike and Trail Path, Murals up and down Highways, and Chain Saw Sculptures!

It was a short but very interesting meeting of the Lincoln City City Council Monday evening.  And a lot of the fun was parks, visible public art and a new beautiful outdoor nature walk through a treeful and brush secluded part of town.

Beautiful murals soon to pop out of nowhere around town!

City Councilors were told that some very attractive murals will soon start appearing in public places, spaces and parks around town. The city commissioned artists who will paint large public murals celebrating Lincoln City’s great outdoors.  Here’s a couple of examples that celebrate the Central and North Coast areas of Oregon as memorialized by some of our Native American brothers and sisters….

These wonderful works of native art will be appearing in street murals in public parks. It will be an ongoing project to continuously feed hungry eyes anxious to revel in Lincoln City’s historical past. Funds for these delightful windows of Native American culture will be supported by private donors and other grants. Locations include SW 33rd Street access, 51st Street beach access and Regatta Park. These artworks will be graffiti proof. They’re expected to survive the coast’s rough and tumble weather for up to 10 years.

The City Council signed on the dotted line Monday evening to begin building bike and pedestrian lanes from Northeast Neotsu Drive to NE West Devil’s Road, improve intersections and install a boardwalk over wetlands.  The three million dollar endeavor will be mostly paid for with state funds, a third of a million dollars from the Siletz Tribe and a little over $100,000 from Lincoln City taxpayers.

Renaming the park at SE 3rd and Keel to Nesika Park.

The City Council also settled on a new name for a renovated city park at SE 3rd and Keel.  Out of 83 different names offered by citizens from across the city, the city councilors picked the name “Nesika Park”, which, in the Siletz language means “Ours.”

Beautifying West Devils Lake Road near the pump station

And finally, a good-hearted soul who knows his way around sharp objects that know their way around virgin wood,  propositioned the City Council that for $3,900 he’d “dress up” a spot on West Devils Lake Road, next to the Pump Station.  James Lukinich, who lives in Lincoln City, spoke in a down-home way about his high level and very artistic chain-saw sculpting skills, transforming pieces of trees into stunningly beautiful wildlife all over Western America.  He made his life at it.  James laid out his plans for such a sculture  of eagles, owls and a racoon – all easily visible from passing cars going past the pump station.  The City Council took him up on it and signed on the dotted line!

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