Main Street America
The Historic Liberty Theatre
La Grande’s Historic Liberty Theatre is getting a major facelift, thanks in part to Oregon Lottery dollars
A town’s Main Street (even if it’s named something else) represents the heart and soul of a community. It showcases the city’s character, encourages entrepreneurship and evokes a sense of pride. It’s where local businesses thrive and communities come together.
Thanks in part to Oregon Lottery funding, cities across Oregon are receiving support to restore and revamp their “Main Street” downtown areas. In La Grande’s case, funding is being dedicated to bring the historic Liberty Theatre back to its former glory.
Restoration at La Grande’s Liberty Theatre is Fully Underway
The Heart of a Community
La Grande is just one of many communities benefitting from the Main Street America™ efforts. The Oregon Lottery is funding a $100,000 Parks and Recreation grant to help restore the city’s iconic Liberty Theatre. The project will include a façade restoration and installation of a state-of-the-art fire suppression system.
These renovations will help preserve La Grande’s historic character. But just as importantly, the project should help revitalize business. The renovated theatre will draw more visitors downtown where they will spend money, not just at the theater, but certainly at nearby businesses as well. These improvements will help pave the way to a stronger community and future for La Grande and several other Oregon cities benefitting from the program, all thanks to Lottery funding.
Thanks to the Oregon Lottery, we’re able to keep this project moving forward. We have a vision; we know what we’ve got to do.— Ashley O’Toole, Liberty Theatre Foundation
LOTTERY DOLLARS DOING GOOD THINGS IN YOUR COMMUNITY
Albany’s Hebrew Cemetery Reclaimed
As frequently happens with our early cemeteries, the Albany Hebrew Cemetery had fallen into disrepair. Weeds and invasive vegetation had grown out of control. Many grave markers lay in ruined pieces. As sad as these conditions are at any burial ground, they were especially regrettable at this unique cemetery. The cemetery documents the lives and final resting sites of the Willamette Valley’s original Jewish settlers. As early as the 1870’s, a small community of Jewish families had settled in the Albany area. The tragic death of an infant death in one of these families was the catalyst that brought them together in an organized way. Together they founded the First Hebrew Congregation of Albany. In 1878, one of these families, the Senders, deeded the land that became the cemetery to the congregation.
A Park for Adventurers
Rugged and vast, Cottonwood Canyon is one of Oregon’s largest state parks at over 8,000 acres. Bordered by another 10,000 acres of federally-maintained public lands, this special place gives a new depth of meaning to the phrase “getting away from it all”. Before white settlers took hold of this land, the river was known as the Mah Hah to the Native Americans. In the 19th Century it was renamed the John Day River as part of a privately-owned cattle ranch. Between 1964 and 2008, the canyon and surrounding property were purchased by Oregon State Parks and the Western Rivers Conservancy. Seeking to protect the canyon while allowing the public to access the breathtaking area, Cottonwood Canyon became an Oregon State Park in 2013. With help from Oregon Lottery dollars, it’s been transformed into a unique wilderness and recreation experience for Oregonians and visitors alike. In 2019, more than $2 million in lottery dollars helped fund a learning center, cabins and restrooms, making it easier for visitors to set up a base camp from which to explore all Cottonwood Canyon has to offer. Plans are in the works to build a boat launch for easier access to the clear and open waters of the John Day, the largest free flowing river in the western United States. This undammed waterway is home to a year-round angler’s delight. Winter native steelhead, catfish and summer small-mouth bass mean the fish are constantly biting. Down the road, there’ll be even more ways to access the wild, back country of Cottonwood Canyon. Whether you choose to visit when spring turns the hills green or in winter when snow blankets the cliffs, just make sure you go to this unique and special place. It’s a perfect sample of the natural beauty of Oregon.
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