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Family donates land for new park near Oregon

Published: Wednesday, July 9, 2014 11:53 a.m. CST
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The WIlliams family donated the property for Jack's Landing to the Oregon Park District. Pictured here are Craig, Jack, and Bette Williams. Photo by Chris Johnson
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Erin Folk, Oregon Park District Executive Director, talks with, Craig Williams, about Jack's Landing June 14. Williams' family donated the 10 acres to the park district to develop and maintain the property. Photo by Chris Johnson
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A view of the Rock River from the Oregon Park District's newest park Jack's Landing. Photo by Chris Johnson

A winding path through the woods leads to a small clearing by the Rock River at the newest park in the Oregon area.

Jack's Landing officially opened June 14.

"The park is just a bit under 10 acres," said Oregon Park District Executive Director Erin Folk. "The half trail leads to the river."

The property was donated by Craig and Bette Williams and was named after their son Jack.

"They purchased to build a home and their plans changed," said Folk. "It has been an exciting experience developing the park. It is nothing like what we have. It is a bonus for our residents."

This is the eleventh park in the district and the third on the east side of the Rock River.

The park district has Pioneer Park in Chana, Oregon Park East, and Jack's Landing in Daysville.

This is the fourth park to offer river frontage. The other frontage is at Carnation Park, Kiwanis Park, and Park East.

"There is river frontage for fishing and we are waiting on permits from the state for a fishing pier," said Folk.

Jack's Landing is open sunrise to sunset.

A sign on Daysville road might be added in the future to help people find the park, said Folk.

The park is located near the intersection of Second and Lafayette Streets.

A parking lot is available on site.

The trails are bare ground and visitors are urged to watch their step when using the trail.

"It has been a pleasure working with Erin and I can see all the work that has been done so far," said Craig. "We are really happy that people will be able to enjoy this property because it is a nice place."

Oregon Park District Board President Steve Pennock thanked the Williams's family for their donation.

"We want to thank you for your kind contribution," he said. "To have something of this magnitude - the depth of what we are going to have and especially on the eastern edge of the park district is certainly a treasure to us. We look forward to the possibilities of the use."

Pennock would like to see canoeists stop and the park and enjoy the area.

While walking down the path to the river there was a discussion about Native American burial mounds. Land the park is on is a burial mound and the paths will remain natural so the mound is not impacted by the park.

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