Lincoln City Parks and Recreation Receives $30k ‘Meet Me at the Park’ Grant Access to Local Play Spaces

Lincoln City Parks and Recreation has been selected to receive a $30,000 play space grant from the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) and The Walt Disney Company. This investment supports NRPA and Disney’s combined goal of providing one million kids and families with greater access to play.

Part of the national Meet Me at the Park Play Spaces grant program, park and recreation agencies across the country were invited to share their best ideas on increasing access to play spaces for children and families in their communities. Agencies with the most innovative and impactful project ideas were chosen to receive $30,000 grants to build their projects.

Lincoln City Parks and Recreation is the 1st Parks and Recreation agency in Oregon to be chosen for this grant program, and will use the $30k grant to build a brand new Nature Play Space, including a “Story Circle” with trails, in a new park being constructed at SE 3rd and Keel.

“We are thrilled to have the support of NRPA and The Walt Disney Company in building our 1st Nature Play area in Lincoln City., said Jeanne Sprague, Lincoln City Parks and Recreation Director. “We hope to incorporate many park amenities into our new Park located at SE 3rd and Keel, and this is the 1st step in the right direction.”

“NRPA is proud to collaborate with The Walt Disney Company to help more children and families experience the benefits of play,” said Kellie May, NRPA vice president of programs. “By increasing access to play spaces, this program will also provide unique activities tailored to the local community that support healthy lifestyles.”

For more information about Lincoln City Parks and Recreation, visit

To learn more about Meet Me at the Park, visit

Historic Preservation Specialists to Walk Highway 101

Have you ever wondered about the local history behind a building? The City is excited to share a grant was received from the 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.

Two staff members accompanied by two interns with the SHPO will be in town Monday, June 24th through Wednesday, June 26th. The public may see the team in the community throughout the week photographing properties and collecting preliminary information.  The walking survey will focus on buildings around 50 years old or older throughout the business corridor of the Pearls along Hwy 101.

The survey’s findings will help the city determine the historic integrity of buildings throughout the historic business districts of Lincoln City.  The information 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.

Please note that the team will have proper identification and will not need to enter private property.  All photography will be completed from the public right-of-way and private homes won’t be surveyed.  Property owners do not need to be present, but are welcome to provide the SHPO staff with any historical information that they possess about their commercial buildings. If you have questions about the survey, contact the Planning and Community Development Department (541-996-2153).

Weekly Watch: Planning and Community Development

The Lincoln City Planning and Community Development Department is working hard on long term projects and addressing daily planning concerns.

  • Draft Design Standards are now open for public comment. The survey asks for community feedback and engagement on design aspects for the City such as; pedestrian spaces, parking, building design, coastal design character and more.  Take the survey here.
  • Senior Planner, AnneMarie Skinner has been conducting public outreach along HWY 101 in regards to the City’s sign regulations. She will be presenting her findings to the Planning Commission.  The Planning Commission will begin work studying the topic on June 18th and July 2nd.
  • The Building Code Division has issued new single family home permits. The Division continues to oversee code violations and respond accordingly.
  • The next Planning Commission meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, June 18th at 6pm in the Council Chambers at City Hall.
  • The North Lincoln City Comprehensive Plan Amendment for the area known as the Villages has been submitted and will be discussed at the Planning Commission Meeting scheduled for July 16, 2019. There is a City Council Public Hearing tentatively scheduled for August 26, 2019.
  • The zoning code is currently being reviewed in reference to the establishment and use of emergency caches addressing tsunami resilience.
  • If you have questions or concerns for the Lincoln City Planning Department can be reached at 541-996-2153. You can also visit the website here.

Lincoln City Draft Design Standards Open for Public Comment

The City is ready for your input on Design Standards! Please take some time to review the newly revised Draft Design Standards and complete the survey below. This survey will remain open until June 24th to garner and provide adequate time to review and prepare your responses. The Planning Commission is tentatively scheduled to review the comments and make suggestions on the draft language at their July 2nd meeting. Please share with your friends, family, businesses, property owners, anyone with an interest in Lincoln City who has a vision for the future of the city.

For more information and to take the survey click on the link below.

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Summer Reading Club Family Nights Begin June 18th at Driftwood

Summer Reading Club Family Nights Begin June 18th at Driftwood

Driftwood Public Library is ready to blast into A Universe of Stories! Our 2019 summer reading program, for all ages from babies to adults, begins June 1st. All ages can sign up to be a part of the adventure. Reading throughout the summer months is rewarded with incentives as well as fun programs offered free to the community.

Teen Tuesdays (for 6th grade and up) begin June 18th and run each week beginning at 3pm.

Family nights with performances from juggling, to storytelling, to dance, and much more begin Wednesday, June 19th at 6:30 p.m. The family nights are sponsored by Driftwood Friends of Driftwood Public Library and the Lincoln County Library District, and lodging is provided by D’Sands Condominium Motel. Summer Reading Club evenings continue every Wednesday evening through August 14th! All events are free and open to all ages.


June 19th – RISEUP with Kacey (Kacey MacCalister is a motivational speaker and entertainer who never defines himself as handicapped, even though he has no legs. Watch him climb ladders, skateboard, defy all odds and use his wheel chair as an extension of his body- he is amazing)

June   26th- Tears of Joy Theater (Larger than life puppets take the stage with ‘Pegasus and the Stories of the Stars’!)

July 3rd- SLUG RACES!!! (Bring your own slug to race! This is a bi-annual event: come cheer on your favorite slug and be prepared to stay a while!)

July 10th- Mo Phillips (A goofball Portland singer-songwriter who will ‘wow’ any crowd, especially if you think like a kid!)

July 17th- Chris Leebrick  (A storyteller for all ages: “Storytelling may be the world’s oldest art form. The need to hear and tell stories is inherent, and through the power of story we can grow in our understanding of what it means to be human.”)

July 24th- Dance team ‘After Dark’ (Watch an incredible group of young dancers spin their stuff doing the Lindy, Swing, Ballroom and much more in this incredible Universe of Dance!)

July 31st- Explosions Inc. (Experience incredible, larger than life, science demonstrations that will stun the audience!)

August 7th- Rhys Thomas (Need we say more? Jugglemania: hilarity and dexterity!)

August 14th- Creature Teachers (Wonderful bugs and crawling things visit the library LIVE!)

Driftwood Public Library is located on the second floor at 801 SW HWY 101 in Lincoln City, just across the street from Burger King, and adjacent to McKay’s Market. For further information, please contact the children’s coordinator, Teena Nelson, at 541-996-1258, or via email at

Experience the Unexpected

Lincoln City’s Skate Park located in Kirtsis Park was originally constructed in 1999 by Dreamland Skateparks. The Lincoln City Urban Renewal Agency was involved in the creation and helped fund this innovative skatepark. Thrasher Magazine gave it a rating of “9 out of 10” and at the time was named the “gnarliest” skate park in America.  There is a huge scene and support for the sport here in Lincoln City and what a better place to hold the Rip Ride Rally.  The Invitational Skateboard Contest is this weekend, May 31st- June 2nd.  It commemorates 20 years of the Lincoln City Skatepark and the lives of the late Preston Maigetter, Mark Hubbard and Jake Phelps.  If you’re looking for an exciting way to spend a gorgeous day on the coast, check out the sessions from some of the best in the sport.

Read more on the history and creation of Kirtsis Skatepark: UR_27Years_Achievements_SkatePark