At the September 23 City of Lincoln City Council meeting, City Manage David Hawker announced that the paved surface of NE Devil’s Lake Boulevard within “The Villages at Cascade Head” would be open to motor vehicles on Saturday September 28 and on Sunday September 29. BOTH DAYS, a departure from an earlier announcement.
The paved surface will be open to vehicles on Saturday 9/28/13 and Sunday 9/29/13 from 7 am until 8 pm. Vehicles will not be allowed to access non-paved areas, and commercial vehicles will not be allowed to access the property. In addition, all off-road vehicle use will remain prohibited.
The City purchased The Villages at Cascade Head from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) at the end of May for $2,500,000. The property is the subject of an environmentally-friendly development that was foreclosed upon. Its 363 acres are almost entirely wooded and provide habitat for a number of protected species of animals and plants.
The master plan for the site designated 99 acres of land for an inter-connected network of nature parks and wildlife corridors. The property also includes the northern end of the City’s Head to Bay trail, intended to link the nature park at the northern part of the project with the City-owned park on Siletz Bay via a bicycle and pedestrian trail.
The City of Lincoln City plans to keep some of the property as open space, develop some of it for affordable housing, and then sell off pieces of the property to private investors to develop in an environmentally-friendly fashion. In the meantime, the City will designate the property as an interim park.
Due to the sensitive environment of the Villages at Cascade Head property and the condition of the road that runs through it, the City has chosen to limit vehicular access to the property, and permit only non-motorized and pedestrian access. However, the City Council and City Manager wished to grant limited vehicular access to the property in order to give those citizens who may not be able to access the property on foot a chance to enjoy it.
“The Villages at Cascade Head is beautiful, unspoiled country” said David Hawker, City Manager, City of Lincoln City. “By extending the opening of the road to motor vehicles through the entire weekend, we hope that more of our residents will get the opportunity to come and explore this special place.”