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After 18 months of preparation and planning, the Lincoln City Cultural Plaza project is kicking into high gear.

Since the site plan received conditional approval from the City earlier this year, the LCCC Board has been shepherding the plan through early phases of design and engineering. With a funding request up for approval at the Oregon State Legislature, committee members have been advocating for the Plaza in offices all over the Capitol. Now, they’re taking their case to the generous individual donors of north Lincoln County, with the official launch of the Cultural Plaza Campaign: Invest in Inspiration.

The campaign will begin with a kickoff party on Friday, June 14, at the south entrance of the Lincoln City Cultural Center, 540 NE Hwy. 101. The festivities will include live music by Sitka, complimentary refreshments, tours of the proposed project and presentations by the landscape architects from Shapiro Didway. The board is also planning to unveil a 12-foot thermometer sign, which will keep the community updated on the fundraising progress throughout 2019. The Cultural Plaza Campaign Launch Party will begin at 3:30 p.m., with activities scheduled until 7 p.m. Admission is free and all are welcome.

The goal for this portion of the Cultural Plaza Campaign, gifts from individuals and businesses, is $250,000. Committee members plan to use those donations as a significant match and a demonstration of community support in funding requests from regional grantmakers, trusts and foundations.

“The really great news is that during the last six months the Committee has quietly raised over half of that goal. We are now asking the broader community to help us make it over the top,” said Greg Berton, president of the LCCC Board.

“We’re building on the recent contribution of $200,000 from the City of Lincoln City, and early grants from the Oregon Cultural Trust, the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners and the Ford Family Foundation,” said John Collier, Board Treasurer. “The project is also on the short list for $600,000 in cultural infrastructure funding at the Oregon State Legislature. We plan to leverage our local donations into additional grants and awards that will cover the rest of the $1.8 million project cost. We need everyone’s help to turn this much-needed improvement into a reality for our community.”

The Lincoln City Cultural Plaza project will create a pedestrian-friendly envelope around the historic Delake School building, home to the Lincoln City Cultural Center. Features will include:

- A paved meandering path that will connect the larger spaces and be convenient for Farmer’s Market set-up.

- New plazas on the south and east, in the most protected and sunny locations.

- An outdoor classroom for activities like raku kiln firing and children’s classes.

- Dedicated spaces for public art installations, both temporary and permanent.

- Gathering places with seating and decorative paving, including a custom-built location for the annual community Christmas tree.

- Beautiful and efficient lighting for evening use throughout the parking and pedestrian areas

- Redesigned traffic flow and parking area, with landscaped islands, pedestrian drop-off and designated walkways.

Since the Plaza was first proposed in early 2018, the LCCC Board of directors has conducted 25 stakeholder meetings and four public input events, and held a written public comment process that was open for six months. Project committee members continue to work with major partners, including the City and neighboring landowner Pacific Power, to refine the final plans. If the fundraising plan is a success, construction could begin as early as summer 2020.

“Through the Cultural Plaza Campaign, you have a chance to invest in what will be an inspiration and an asset for the whole community,” said Berton. “We hope that you’ll join us in creating something truly first-class that will really put Lincoln City on the map”

To learn more about the Cultural Plaza Campaign, head to lincolncity-culturalcenter.org/plaza, or call 541-994-9994. Donation forms and information about commemorative bricks are available at the LCCC, 540 NE Hwy. 101. The center is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., every day but Tuesday.

For more information or to volunteer for this community project, call the LCCC at 541-994-9994.

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