Newport, Oregon (February 18, 2013). The Central Oregon Coast is about to open the doors to its first maritime heritage center, thanks in part to a $25,000 donation from the sustainable Wilder Newport housing development in Newport’s South Beach area.
Encompassing 28,900 square feet, the new Pacific Maritime & Heritage Center will overlook Newport’s historic bay front, and will open in June 2013. The center will honor the central Oregon coast’s rich maritime history with a community-based maritime exhibit, and house over 40,000 artifacts from the region, spanning 160 years.
“As a Blue Water Sailor, I come from a maritime tradition, that is why I’ve chosen to spend so much time in the community of Newport during the past thirty years,” says Will Emery, Wilder Newport Co-Founder. “It’s a great honor to be able to support an homage to an industry and a history that tells the story of Newport.”
The center will also host a juried maritime art exhibition, and feature a gift shop and a large gallery with unparalleled vistas of Yaquina Bay. Community rooms may be rented for special events.
Wilder’s donation supports a grant program spearheaded by the Lincoln County Historical society that matches an initial grant from the City of Newport’s tourism development fund, which donated $200,000 to the effort.
The remaining funds will be used to refinish the Douglas Fir floors, install a security system, and upgrade the electrical systems and fire exits to current safety codes in preparation of this June’s opening.
Originally posted on Lincoln County News
Newport, Ore., has been selected as the site for what its backers call a utility-scale wave energy test site.
The city on Oregon’s central coast beat out Reedsport to the south for what’s called the Pacific Marine Energy Center.
A statement from Oregon State University says the facility at a site yet to be selected about five miles from shore will test devices for generating potential and environmental impacts. Completion is expected to take several years.
Plans call for four “test berths” — open spaces of water dedicated to testing individual devices or small arrays of devices. Cables are to transmit power to the electric grid and data to scientists and engineers onshore.
The center is a project of a partnership, funded substantially by federal dollars, between Oregon State and the University of Washington.
Originally posted by ABC News
The scenery of the Oregon Coast and fun of disc golf officially have come together at the Wilder Disc Golf Course, which opened recently in the South Beach area of Newport.
The course is the first 18-hole challenge along Oregon’s coastline and takes full advantage of the area’s natural assets. All 18 holes play in deep woods with ravines and elevation changes.
Sustainable development shares land for only pro course between Astoria and Coos Bay
NEWPORT, OR, December 19, 2012 – Wilder Disc Golf Course opened recently in Newport, becoming the first professional course between Astoria and Coos Bay. The course is part of Wilder, a sustainable traditional neighborhood development located in the South Beach area of Newport.
“What better way to enjoy the beauty of Wilder’s natural surroundings than playing 18 holes of disc golf.” says Bonnie Serkin of Landwaves, Inc., the development company behind Wilder. “We’re dedicated to preserving the indigenous scenery, so the idea of a disc golf course that draws people into the woods seemed like a perfect fit.”
Developers of coastal community village hope benefits of sustainability will boost home sales
Daily Journal of Commerce – Focus on Sustainability + Energy – Monday, December 10, 2012
by Melody Finnemore – Special for the DJC
Bonnie Serkin and Will Emery have owned 1,800 acres of pristine forestland at Newport’s southern edge since the early 1990s. Over the last three decades, the married couple has been determined to ensure that the land is used to its fullest – and most sustainable – potential.
The acreage was already operating as timberland certified by the Forest Stewardship Council when Newport city official approached Serkin and Emery about developing the property. The city had conducted a survey of its commercially available land and determined that it needed to bring more into its urban growth boundary. In addition, Oregon Coast Community College was looking for land for a new campus and had its eye on the forestland.
Wilder, a residential development growing up near the Oregon Coast Community College in Newport, is set to grow into an eco-friendly neighborhood with eight homes built, four more in progress and plans for a commercial center and up to 110 apartment units to get started over the next year.
Green village moves forward with new construction, trail dedication
NEWPORT, OR, October 29, 2012 – A new wave of energy is flowing through Wilder, a pioneering example of Traditional Neighborhood Development on the Oregon Coast. The green community is breaking new ground and experiencing a rush of activity, including the dedication of a hiking trail and forested disc golf course. The most recent round of construction on the eco-friendly village is the result of renewed interest in quality housing from the surrounding community. Continue reading
Park dedication recognizes Mike Miller Park Trail Extension and Land Donation from Landwaves, inc
Story from Casey Miller, Lincoln County Public Information Officer
The public is invited to gather and recognize Will Emery’s contributions , look at maps and photos and explore the new improvements. Refreshments provided. On October 12th at 10 am, Will Emery, owner of Landwaves, Inc. the developer of the Wilder Community near the Oregon Coast Community College, will meet with officials from Lincoln County and the City of Newport to be recognized for his contributions that have helped make possible expansion of and improvements to Mike Miller Park, including additional trails in the surrounding area.
Jim Chambers, Lincoln County Parks Supervisor said “Will’s gifts to Lincoln County, have made it possible to accomplish several goals that were developed by the County 29 years ago. Mr. Emery has donated 5.8 acres of land on the southern boundary of the park that contains a large riparian woodland along with a large pond. He has personally paid for trail development. The Board of Commissioners are recognizing his generosity and partnership by naming one segment of trail as ‘Emery Trail’.”
By Larry CoonrodOf the News-Times
Time to dust off the ol’ Frisbee and get ready to play one of the hottest sports in the country – disc golf.
A local leadership group plans to build a disc golf course in South Beach.
Besides being good fun, project supporters say it could benefit Newport economically, as well.
The latest Ford Institute Leadership Program graduates announced to the Newport City Council Monday night that they have acquired a $5,000 grant to build a “disc golf course” near the entrance to Oregon Coast Community College. The forty acre disc golf course entails throwing frisbees instead of hitting golf balls over long distances. The frisbees soar through the air over very long distances and must come to rest in a receiving device.