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Designs approved for Scandinavian Heritage Park

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Thursday, January 3, 2019

The city of Astoria, its parks board and the Historic Landmarks Commission recently gave approval for the design of a park on the Astoria Riverwalk to honor the hardships and contributions of early Scandinavian immigrants to Clatsop County.

The approvals were the result of a three-year process by the Astoria Scandinavian Heritage Association, which included input from Scandinavian lodges and the general public and the design talents of the West Studio, a landscape architect firm in Seattle.

Early funding came from the Oregon Community Foundation, but most of $200,000 to cover architectural and engineering costs came from local donors and subsequent grants from Astoria Sunday Market, the Pacific Power Foundation, the Samuel S. Johnson Foundation, the Finlandia Foundation’s Columbia Pacific Chapter, and the Oregon Cultural Trust.

Construction costs are estimated at $980,000 and fund-raising efforts are under way.

The Fort George Brewery will host a benefit night for the Astoria Scandinavian Heritage Park from 4 to 9 p.m. Jan. 29.

The association will provide a silent auction, live music by the Polka Dots (duo accordions and bass), performance and participatory dance with the Nordic-Viking Dancers, a visit by the Astoria Scan Fest Troll, Scandinavian trivia contests, and an Ole and Sven joke contest.

A percentage of sales for the evening will benefit the park.

Carruthers Restaurant in downtown Astoria will sponsor a “Scandelicious” multi-course feast on March 16 to benefit ASHA and the park. Details will be released soon.

More information about the park is available at, including a link for online donations.

An aerial view of the park's design

Scandinavians at the Dec. 17 Astoria City Commission meeting included Astoria Scan Park Committee Chair Judi Lampi and ASHA President Loran Mathews (Courtesy Astoria Scandinavian Heritage Association)

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