You’re Invited: Dedication of New Rotary Musical Instrument Playground at Regatta Park




The dedication for the Rotary Musical Instrument Playground at Regatta Park will be on Saturday, August 24th at 12:30pm at Regatta Park. It will be part of the Oregon Children’s Music Festival (OCMF), which is an all-day event at Regatta Park. The OCMF is kicking off the event by introducing their program “Piano Push Play” which is a project that temporarily installs grand pianos in 5 of our public spaces: Regatta Park, 51st Street/Taft, Nelscott Deck, Community Center and the Public Plaza by Bob’s Books. The Rotary Club of Lincoln City, Lincoln City Parks and Recreation Board, Lincoln City Chamber of Commerce and Lincoln City City Council members will be attending the dedication for the new musical instruments. This family friendly event is open to all. Join us in celebrating the dedication and the love of music and children.

Driftwood Public Library Unveils New Logo

Following on the heels of last year’s brand new Lincoln City logo, Driftwood Public Library has unveiled a new, playful logo that hearkens to the City’s famous orange octopus, effectively communicating that the library, while a City department, very much has a life of its own.

DPL has never had a logo as such, and the library staff are excited about the possibilities the new branding offers. “We’re very happy that the logo captures the cheeriness and playfulness of the library, while also keeping books and learning front and center,” says library director Kirsten Brodbeck-Kenney.

Look for the logo’s appearance on the library website, posters, and even the library van in the near future!

Driftwood Public Library is proud to serve residents of Lincoln City and Lincoln County as well as visitors to the Coast. Whether you’re looking for information, an author reading, or fantastic programming for kids, we’ve got you covered! For more information about the library’s new branding initiative or other library programs, please contact Kirsten Brodbeck-Kenney at 541-996-1251, or by email at

Music in the Parks: Rotary Club of Lincoln City brings music to Lincoln City Parks!








– Last year, the Rotary Club of Lincoln City approached the Lincoln City Parks and Recreation Dept, with an intriguing idea that originated with Rotary member Barbe Gibson-Jenkins. Barbe had just returned from a road trip, during which she saw a ‘musical instrument’ play area in a public park. She thought Music in the Parks would be a great fit for Lincoln City. The Rotary Club agreed with her, with the goal to make these musical instruments free and accessible to the community. Rotary members then pledged to raise funds for a Musical Instrument playground for Regatta Park.

The Parks Dept. enthusiastically accepted their project proposal, and the Rotary Club spent a year fundraising over $16k to purchase 5 musical instruments for Regatta Park.

With installation completed by Parks Maintenance last week, the new outdoor musical instruments are ready for use, and are already a hit with our community!

To celebrate this community partnership and new park addition, the Rotary Club of Lincoln City and the LC Parks and Recreation Dept will be hosting a “Music in the Parks” dedication ceremony on Sat 8/24, noon at Regatta Park. This ceremony will be part of the OR Children’s Music Festival (OCMF), which is an all-day event at Regatta Park. The OCMF is kicking off this event by introducing their program “Piano.Push.Play”, which is a project that temporarily installs grand pianos in 5 of Lincoln City’s public parks: Regatta Park, 51st St/Taft, Nelscott Deck, Community Center, and the Public Plaza by Bob’s Books.

The Rotary Club of Lincoln City will be dedicating the new musical instruments to the Lincoln City community, with support from the Lincoln City Parks and Recreation Board, LC Chamber of Commerce and Lincoln City City Council.

This event is open to the public – all are invited!


Barbe Jenkins-Gibson, Rotary long-time member and originator of idea:

Members of the Rotary Club of Lincoln City recognize the great benefit of music in all lives. With the “Music in the Parks “ project, our goal is to make musical instruments free and always accessible to both local residents and visitors. We hope they are played, respected, and enjoyed for many, many years.

Jeanne Sprague, Lincoln City Parks and Recreation Director:

We sincerely thank the Rotary Club of Lincoln City for their innovation and support of our public parks and community. What an incredible playground to have in a park! And what an amazing community partnership!

Dave Price, Rotary Past-President:

Swimming off the dock at Regatta Park, I hear the normal sounds of boats, children laughing, and the satisfying splash of paddles into water. Best of all, though, was a new sound – the sound of music, coming down the hill and onto the water, from the Music in the Parks installation. I’m proud of Rotary for adding this new creative outlet for our community – and in such a spectacular setting.

Estle Harlan, Rotary Executive Secretary:

The language of music is universal, and our city’s Regatta Park is such a lovely setting for Rotary-sponsored “Music in the Park.”  A universally appreciated medium in a local setting is very consistent with the objectives of Rotary:  Not only do Rotarians think globally, they act locally!

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City Awards $50,000 to Local Non-Profit Agencies

The City of Lincoln City will be distributing a total of $50,000 in checks to local non-profit agencies at 2pm on Wednesday, August 14th.  The presentation ceremony will be held in the City Council Chambers.  The following recipients will receive funds:

Angels Anonymous: $5,000

B’nai B’rith Camp: $975

Business for Excellence in Youth: $5,000

CASA: $3,000

Episcopal Church of St. James Santiago’s Community Meal Program: $2,000

Beachtown Charities Thrift and Gift: $1,500

Family Promise of Lincoln County: $975

Lincoln City Food Pantry: $5,000

Lincoln City Warming Shelter: $2,000

Meals on Wheels: $3,000

My Sisters’ Place: $3,000

Neighbors For Kids: $3,000

North End Senior Solutions: $4,000

Bay Area Merchants Association: $1,550

Oceana Family Literacy: $3,000

Safe Families for Children: $1,000

RSVP Lincoln County: $2,000

Shiloh the Gathering Place Ministries, Inc.: $4,000

The City receives funding requests from local non-profits each year as part of its budget preparation process.  Once the City Council has approved the budget (which occurs after the Council receives a recommendation from the Budget Committee), a Committee of City Councilors reviews the applications for funding and makes a recommendation to the full City Council as to which agencies should receive funds.

“I am honored that the Tax Payers and Citizens of Lincoln City allow the City Council to distribute these funds to the nonprofits that are serving the needs of Lincoln City residents.  There are never enough funds but we know these checks assist in the effort,” said Mayor Dick Anderson.

Members of the public and the media are welcome to attend the presentation ceremony.

Weekly Watch: Urban Renewal and Economic Development

  • The City received a grant from Oregon State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) through the Oregon Main Streets Program, to conduct a walking survey of the commercial historic properties along Highway 101. The staff will be in town Monday, June 24th– Wednesday, June 26th.  The survey’s findings will help the city determine the historic integrity of buildings throughout the historic business districts and can help the city leverage historic assets to encourage economic growth and revitalization.  There are no decisions being made at the time of the survey and properties will not be designated historic in any way as a direct result of the survey work being done.  If you have questions contact the Planning and Community Development Department at (541-996-2153).
  • Staff continues negotiations with developers on property development. Staff’s goal is to have 3-5 of the properties under Development Agreement by the end of the calendar year.
  • A Public Ribbon Cutting is to be held on Wednesday, June 26th at 11am for the Cutler City- SW Jetty Realignment.
  • The City Recorder is advertising for two community members on the Roads End/Villages Urban Renewal Plan Committee. For more information contact the City Recorder at (541-996-1203).
  • Staff continues to work with Proud Ground to implement their home buyer assistance grant from Oregon Housing and Community Services. Attend a free Proud Ground Homebuyer Information Session:
  • City of Lincoln City Employees: Friday, July 19th, 10:30-11:30am at the Driftwood Library Community Room 801 SW Hwy 101 #201, Lincoln City
  • City of Newport Employees: Friday, July 19th, 2:30-3:30pm at the Newport City Hall Council Chambers, 169 SW Coast Hwy, Newport
  • NW Coastal Housing Residents & Employees of Partner Organizations: Friday, July 19th, 5:00-6:00pm; NW Coastal Housing, Upstairs Conference Room 7450 NE Avery St., Suite A Newport OR.
  • Register online or contact Ryan at 503-493-0293 ext. 18 or