Hey, I help out at PARK PLACE COFFEE sometimes (Next to Vance Park) and I have dug up some info on what the real story is with Vance Park becoming a parking lot and some other scary stuff:
For 10 years, the Church on the other side of Vance Park has been trying to buy part of the park. This year money woes may see Multnomah county do just that. The Church wants to buy either the soccer field (Good Riddance) or expand back into the park and destroy holes 1, 2, and 3. This is big trouble. The church wants to buy the land cheap under the guise of "Expanding Parking" but a lot of local people worry that their real intent is to build some sort of building (a senior center) and turn the park into a profitable "Non Profit" business. People have tried to talk with this church, it is clear that they don't care about the work we did installing the course at Vance Park or that their purchasing part of the park would ruin our Disc Golf Course. This is an evil plot to pave our disc golf course and put up a parking lot!
I talked with the president of the Rockwood Business Coalition, he told me some other scary stuff as well. His idea is to house Elephants (Yes, Elephants) in the rock quarry below Vance Park. I don't think that will happen, but, it could.
MOST SCARY OF ALL: "Metro Recycling" wants to install a FOOD WASTE PROCESSING FACILITY in the rock quarry! make no mistake, that would be the end of our nice smelling park, rotten garbage fumes would encompass the whole park! That's how these facilities are, it would be STENCH some 100 times as nasty as McFarlands in clackamas, which, on a windy day, spreads its stench for miles. You would smell it at Rockwood Central Park for sure.
The news stories about these proposals seem to ommit the fact that Disc Golf in Vance Park has run out all sorts of Gang trouble, Drug Use, vagrants, prostitution and the general lack of safety in the park. Disc Golf has been the best thing that could have ever happened to Vance park, for us golfers, and all the users of the park. I guess we need to contact the Oregonian, The Gresham Outlook, and Mulnomah County Parks Department.
Stop by Park Place Coffee Next to Vance Park, the Owner, Dina DiNucci, has alot of information about these proposals to take our park, and she can put you in touch with local Rockwood City Council members.
My opinions here don't reflect those of Park Place Coffee.