Now that the “De-construction” of the ‘second version’ of Waldport High School is well underway, the Lincoln County School Board is inviting Waldport area citizens to come together and brain-storm possible options in converting the soon-to-be barren property into official open space. The Federal Emergency Management Agency has paid for the demolition of the school and has purchased all development rights connected to the property in perpetuity so NOTHING, repeat NOTHING, can be built on the old school site.
Options for the property include “natural” playgrounds, playfields, community gardens, both for food as well as flowers, wildlife habitat, maybe even a sunken “theater in the round” or “performance space” for musicians. Options cannot involve buildings or other structures that can be picked up by a tsunami and used as a battering ram against property upriver.
The community brain-storming session on what to do with the old high school site will be held Tuesday, July 23 at the Waldport Community Center, at 265 Hemlock (Highway 34). All interested persons are invited to attend, especially those who earlier signed up to work on one or more of the arts, dog park, garden, softball/sports or other community committees.