Port of Newport Receives Grant

The Oregonian reports that South Beach got another shot in the arm last week when it was announced the Port of Newport received a grant for $2 million. The money, from the Federal Department of Transportation, will be used to leverage more money from Oregon officials to complete a shipping facility.

After the port builds the 10-acre facility, officials want to lease it to a private operator, who would service agricultural producers from the mid-Willamette Valley and shuttle waste paper material from southern California.

This welcomed move will hopefully bring new job opportunities to Newport.

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New Wilder Newport Residents: Music to Our Ears

small cello New Wilder Newport Residents: Music to Our Ears

We recently interviewed Wilder Newport residents Anthea and her husband, Jason. Both are professionally trained musicians and we’ll definitely be sharing links to their upcoming performances via our events page. In the meantime, enjoy this interview exploring why they chose to move to Wilder Newport.

How long have you lived in Newport?
We bought the Newport house in December and enjoy weekends, bringing family together, and school vacations in Newport.

What do you do for work? 
We are a concert violinist and cellist, and Jason is a conductor. We toured extensively with YoYo Ma and played our Carnegie Debut with our trio. I gave my solo debut at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and studied with Isaac Stern. Our older girl is 5, and by the age of 6 months she had been to 25 states on tour with us. At that moment, we decided to move west to be closer to family and take a couple of years off to raise our family (now we have a second girl, age 3).  I stepped away from university teaching (I taught at Lawrence and Wesleyan) to move here – Jason is a professor at Willamette University and conducts the Eugene Youth Orchestra. We are starting to tour again – I was acting concertmaster of Eugene Symphony and Portland Opera, and play a number of concertos with the orchestra each year as well as some light touring throughout the states. Our trio is releasing a new cd and will be touring again next year.

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Why did you decide to move to Wilder? 
Love the feel, and the surroundings.

What are your favorite features of Wilder?
Comfortable home, quiet, beautiful woods and trails, nice safe place for our girls.

What do you like about its location? 
Tsunami safe!  Eagles.

What are you looking forward to as the development moves into its second phase? 
Is there going to be a latté place?? (Editor’s note: glad you asked, click here to learn about the coffee shop building, currently in development)

What would you tell someone that is thinking about moving into Wilder? 
Nice homes, safe, quiet, comfortable. Great location.

Do you have any favorite haunts in the area? 
La Maison, beaches, public library, aquarium.

Anything else you want to add about your experience with Wilder Newport? 
We love staying in Newport and having grandparents come to visit and stay!

It’s Wilder in South Beach

From: Oregon Coast Magazine – September/October 2013

By Rob Spooner

Newport’s South Beach area is thriving, with a new community college campus, a “green” residential development, and an expanded park with lots of trails.

Screen Shot 2013 10 17 at 1.25.38 PM 1 223x300 It’s Wilder in South BeachOregon Coast Community College offered its first classes in Lincoln County in 1987 and for many years made do with makeshift premises in various locations. In 2004, when voters approved a bond measure for new construction, the college started looking for suitable sites. The next year, the city of Newport approached Bonnie Serkin and Will Emery, who had extensive forest holdings nearby. This started a public/private interaction that continues to this day. The Newport Urban Growth Boundary was expanded and some of the land within the new boundary, mostly belonging to Serkin and Emery, was annexed into the city. The new OCCC campus was built on 25 acres purchased from the pair; Mike Miller Park has been expanded and upgraded with donations from Emery; and a new community called Wilder, built on land near the college, has emerged as perhaps the most environmentally sensitive large residential development on the Oregon Coast.

Screen Shot 2013 10 17 at 1.24.08 PM 1 300x200 It’s Wilder in South BeachAll of this has taken place in South Beach, across Yaquina Bay from central Newport. To reach Wilder and OCCC, go east from Highway 101 on SE 40th along a road that winds its way up through a stand of spruce. After about a quarter mile, first Wilder and then the OCCC campus come into view. 


At present, there are two principal buildings on the new campus. The nearly 80,000 square foot main college building, designed by gLaS Architects and built to LED silver standards, makes extensive use of natural lighting and exposed natural wood beams. Adjacent is the college’s most unique building, which opened in 2011 and houses its aquarium science department. This was the first aquarium science program in the United States and is still the only one on the Pacific Coast. Students from 23 states have enrolled since 2003, including two from the same small town in Maine. Graduates of the program enjoy a high job placement rate in the aquatic animal husbandry profession.


Wilder, the residential neighborhood, is adjacent to the campus. An example of the “new urbanism” school of design, it includes a variety of housing types, local parks, and bike and walking trails. It is also friendly to the environment. Bonnie Serkin set out the basic principle when she said, “we decided right from the beginning that if we were going to put a human imprint on the forest, it better be for a development that was gentle an the land.”

The infrastructure emphasizes such green concepts as bioswales for natural storm water management and a multi-use path with permeable pavement that prevents standing water even during the heaviest coastal rainfall. In addition, many of the homes are green certified through Earth Advantage and all are constructed with a focus on sustainability and a healthy home environment.

Several independent contractors are building the homes in Wilder, utilizing different styles. Most are being built on spec, but purchasers have many opportunities to customize the homes before moving in. Certain practices are consistent in all the dwellings, such as minimizing products that give off harmful gases and employing high-efficiency and water-wise technologies to hold down energy and water consumption. Whenever possible, designs are intended to let owners “age in place.” Far too often, homes are bought without much thought for a time in the future when the owner may be less strong and sprightly. While there are some two-story structures, the single level Wilder homes are often designed with doors and hallways a little larger than the minimum and with as few steps as possible. A little such planning today may forestall some painful choices in the future.

At present, there are no retail outlets at Wilder, but a village center that includes shops, restaurants, and wellness centers is in the plans. If apartments are built, they could be in this area, and although Wilder is not being built with students specifically in mind, the apartments might appeal to students at OCCC.

In a traditional neighbor-hood, a good deal of time is spent outdoors and Wilder is designed to maximize this kind of community experience. Homes have porches and the streets are designed as much for walking as for cars. There are parks both for children and for dogs, and a disc golf course has been built amongst the trees. Students from the aquarium science program built some of the equipment at the dog park, another example of the cooperation between OCCC and Wilder.


Screen Shot 2013 10 17 at 1.24.52 PM 1 223x300 It’s Wilder in South BeachDuring World War I, the Spruce Railroad was built to bring spruce lumber from Camp One near Yachats to Yaquina Bay for use in aircraft construction. Mike Miller Park, which is situated between Wilder and Hwy 101, includes some of the original and still visible grade of the railroad. The park has been operated by Lincoln County since 1974. The Youth Conservation Corps built the first trails and students at Angell Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center north of Yachats have helped keep them in good condition in recent years.

Almost 30 years ago, Lincoln County developed several goals in its Long Range Plan that envisioned a larger network of trails. Great progress was made toward these goals when Will Emery donated 5.8 acres of land on the south side of the park that included riparian woodland and a large pond. Emery also donated the money needed to develop trails within it, and in recognition of these contributions, Lincoln County named one of the new trails Emery Trail.

Another trail has joined Wilder to the original Mike Miller Loop trail. Hikers and bikers can now follow trails from the Port of Newport Marina, past the Aquarium, through Wilder, and via the Wilder Extension into Mike Miller Park, passing through a variety of ecosystems featuring Douglas fir, Sitka spruce, western hemlock, and other coastal vegetation.

Through careful planning and a generous concern for the needs of the community, Bonnie Serkin and Will Emery have created a combination of educational, residential, and park facilities that will benefit people on the Coast for decades to come.

Next Adventure’s Jason Nehmer reports on Wilder disc golf

wilder sign 224x300 Next Adventures Jason Nehmer reports on Wilder disc golfGreetings from Newport, Oregon! It’s time to take a trip to the Central Oregon Coast, disc golf style. That’s right, it’s one of the most beautiful places in the Pacific Northwest, and now it just got even more enticing for those who enjoy hucking discs in the woods. Once in Newport, follow Hwy. 101 to the South Beach district on the south side of the historic, and extremely scenic, Yaquina Bay Bridge. Next, stop by the South Beach Market for some of the freshest and tastiest seafood the Oregon coast has to offer, and load up on some snacks and drinks (the disc golf course takes some energy to play, so be prepared). Finally, follow the signs for the Central Oregon Coast Community College (SE College Way) and take the short drive up into the coastal forest on a well paved, windy road until you see the sign for the disc golf course on your left. AHHH, PARADISE!

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Coast Hills Classic draws big and pays big to the winners. Supporters: “This event will continue to grow!”

coast hills classic 5 13 start mass 300x168 Coast Hills Classic draws big and pays big to the winners. Supporters: “This event will continue to grow!”The Coast Hills Classic Mountain Bike Race kicked up a lot of something that isn’t seen too often around Newport – lots of dust from bullet-fast mountain bike riders who came from all over Oregon to compete in this year’s event for some nice prize money. The event re-debuted last year, picking up where the founders left off some years back. And they say the Coast Hills Classic looks to grow in the number of entrants and in stature among Oregon Mountain Bike events, statewide. Riders came from Bend, Hood River, Portland, Coos Bay and beyond.

Sponsored by Bike Newport, Newport Parks and Recreation, the Newport News-Times and a number of other well known benefactors and local businesses, the race is held on Wilder Forest Preserve lands just south of Oregon Coast Community College. It’s a ten mile course of just about every condition mountain bikers are likely to find on any competition pathway anywhere in Oregon: steep up and down hills, single and double tracks, heavy vegetation, loose gravel and dirt, shade and hot sun (especially this past weekend!) and mud.

The course is very challenging and sometimes it gets crowded out there. One injury this weekend – a young male who was reported breaking his wrist on a bad spill. Other grown up competitors showed their own badges of honor with abrasions, contusions and bruises, all well earned on the course.

Well over 100 entrants competed for $1,500 in prize money. Many pricey bicycle accessories were raffled off. Rogue Brewery provided their tasty brews, and Savory Cafe Nye Beach provided a mountain of their famous pizzas to benefit the Coast Hills Classic which is all about raising money to create scholarships for low income children who want to compete in youth sports and other recreational programs at Newport Parks and Recreation.

The big winners in this past weekend’s Coast Hills Classic were, among Category 1 Men (19-34), #1 Kolben Preble, 19, of Forest Grove (red pants), #2 Adam Demarzo, 26, Coos Bay (black pants) and #3 Matt Cline (levis). Preble finished a double course run in just under an hour and 18 minutes. Demarzo finished at one hour, 19 and a half minutes.

The top winners among the Category 1 women were Alice Pennington, 32, of Portland (pictured with grey t-shirt) with a finish time of one hour 28 minutes 28 seconds. Sue Butler (not pictured) 41, of Portland at one hour 30 minutes and 6 seconds. And third place (not pictured) was Beth Ann Orton, 31, of Portland at 1:31:30.

Coast Hills Classic officials say this weekend’s event was very well attended. They say they’re very optimistic that the Coast Hills Classic will soon be considered one of the premier mountain bike competitions events in all of Oregon. Supporters say the event has already been roundly praised in a national mountain bike competition magazine as a “must do” course for those who want an excellent racing experience while while enjoying a deep forest environment with the Pacific Ocean occasionally visible at points in the course.

Race supporters say they want to thank everyone who helped put on this year’s event, taking it to the next level. They say “it’s for the kids,” who would not otherwise be able to afford to participate and grow, in character and confidence, as a part of the rainbow of Newport Recreation programs for young Newport area kids.

On to next year’s Coast Hills Classic, 2014!

Originally posted on Lincoln County News

Wilder Foundation chips in $25,000 toward completing renovation of the Marine Heritage Museum in Newport.

halibut on the dock lchs 300x191 Wilder Foundation chips in $25,000 toward completing renovation of the Marine Heritage Museum in Newport.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.

men on boat bayfront lchs photo1 300x182 Wilder Foundation chips in $25,000 toward completing renovation of the Marine Heritage Museum in Newport.“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., to Host Wave Energy Test Site

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

Coast gets disc golf course

disc golf tee Coast gets disc golf courseThe 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.

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Newport takes a walk on the Wilder side

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

WilderDJCArticle121012 1 192x300 Newport takes a walk on the Wilder sideBonnie 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.

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