The Sandy River Delta Needs Resting Spots!
The Confluence Bird Blind by Maya Lin is located in the expansive and stunning natural setting of the Sandy River Delta, at the confluence of the Columbia and Sandy Rivers. This 1,500 acre historic landscape has been undergoing a remarkable ecological restoration thanks to years of hard work by a coalition of nonprofits and public agencies.
The Bird Blind is located at the end of the 1.2 mile Confluence Trail. This poses a problem that visitors have identified to us: It is a real challenge for elders and anyone with mobility challenges to visit the Bird Blind because there is nowhere to rest along the trial.
That is why we want to install two benches and we need your help to do it!
After talking with the US Forest Service and various construction firms, we now have a plan, a source of materials, and a solid cost estimate. The plan is to install two slabs of local basalt from a quarry in Corbett, Oregon just up the hillside from the Sandy River Delta. Each stone is about 6 feet long and weighs about 3 tons. The idea is to create places to sit that look as natural and as unobtrusive as possible. We have identified two locations in the park that are suitable. One is about a half-mile down the Confluence Trail. The other is a short distance from the Bird Blind itself.
Here is the cost estimate:
Basalt Bench #1: $1,000
Basalt Bench #2: $1,000
Please consider a donation to help us make the Sandy River Delta more accessible. Thank you for your consideration.