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Sportcraft Landing Receives Much-Needed Facelift
For Immediate Release -12/2/11
 
In 2009 the Marine Board awarded a grant to the City of Oregon City to improve the Sportcraft Landing boat ramp below Willamette Falls and after a year of planning and permitting, work on the boating facility was completed in October 2011.  The City of Oregon City hosted a re-dedication ceremony on November 14 and included State Representative Dave Hunt, Marine Board member Jenn Tonneson, and City of Oregon City Mayor, Doug Neeley. 
 
Sportcraft Landing now has a two-lane launch ramp, new piles and boarding floats.  Emerick Construction completed the work on time, and within budget.  The Marine Board provided technical assistance for engineering and permitting to maximize the existing configuration to improve the flow and designed the ramp, piles and boarding floats.  The City of Oregon City also worked closely with the construction team, City Commissioners and City staff to make sure the work on this project was effectively communicated in the community and to various user groups.    
 
In 2009 the Marine Board approved $166,255 in state boater funds combined with $87,491 in applicant match, $43,346 in applicant in-kind contributions and $166,254 in federal Sport Fish Restoration funds from the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.
 
The Willamette River is the second most-used waterbody in Oregon.  The majority of boat use occurs below Willamette Falls and Sportcraft Landing is an extremely popular access point.  All of the agencies worked cooperatively and the proof is in the access…a much improved launch site for boaters and anglers to enjoy, and helping boost the local economy.
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