This blessed land

Ownership of former Cascadia State Park transferred to Linn County


September 28, 2022

Scott Swanson

Sherrie Sprenger, Linn County commissioner, left, speaks to officials and local residents gathered at Cascadia Park Wednesday, Sept. 21, to officially transfer the park from the state of Oregon to Linn County.

Cascadia residents, officials from county, state and federal agencies, local residents and about a dozen Native American tribes members gathered Wednesday, Sept. 21, to officially transfer ownership of the former Cascadia State Park to Linn County.

"A great thing has occurred," County Commissioner Will Tucker told the crowd of about 75 people who gathered to celebrate the event and feast on salmon and fry bread contributed by the Confederated Tribes of the Grande Ronde.

The 256-acre park sits on land that was an important meeting spot for Native Americans for centuries and also provided c...

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