Grab your walking shoes and come explore the City’s newest trail and learn about the history of the canal and its importance to the establishment of Redmond from local experts. The Heritage Walk will take place Saturday, August 24 from 9:00 a.m. to Noon. Participants should park at the Redmond Senior Center at 325 NW Dogwood Ave and walk a short distance east along NW Dogwood Ave to the Homestead Canal Trail adjacent to NW Canal Boulevard. From there, folks will be greeted by characters dressed in historic garb and directing everyone to Homestead Park. From 9:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., there will be interactive displays and activities.
At 9:30 a.m., event officials will lead tours of the canal and trail with fun and informative booths staged along the 0.7-mile route up to the turnaround point at NW Larch Ave. Upon returning to Homestead Park – the original homestead of Redmond’s founders – participants will be treated to a free lunch (while supplies last) and additional learning opportunities.
“This is a unique opportunity to hear some stories about how the canal was instrumental in Redmond’s establishment and how it allowed the area to grow and prosper. It also gives folks another reason to try out the new paved trail along the canal called the Homestead Canal Trail, given its proximity to the original homestead of Frank and Josephine Redmond,” said Scott Woodford, staff liaison to the Redmond’s Historic Landmarks Commission.
In addition to the fresh air and lunch, participants will have the opportunity to talk to officials about the Greater Redmond Historical Society’s new display space at the Redmond Passenger Depot and learn how to become a member and volunteer.
The event is sponsored by the Redmond Historic Landmarks Commission (HLC) through a grant from the Oregon State Historic Preservation Office, the Greater Redmond Historical Society (formerly the Redmond Museum) and the Central Oregon Irrigation District.
For more information about the event and HLC please visit them online at www.ci.redmond.or.us or contact Scott Woodford, City of Redmond Senior Planner, at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 541-923-7758.