Welcome to Hood River’s Greenest Neighborhood
Willow Ponds is a carefully planned environmentally friendly residential neighborhood located within the Columbia River Gorge in Hood River, Oregon. A small number of meticulously built, not-so-big custom homes are designed and sited with total respect for the the stunning mountain views, intimate pond and native stream setting.
Latest News - June 2011
Community Comes together to Build Functional Recycled Art in the Garden
On Sunday, June 5th from 10am till 2pm the residents of Willow Ponds, and artist, MacRae Wylde came together to create a piece of functional art for the public park.
Last year a new public park was constructed using mostly reclaimed materials from the site including boulders, soil, metal, tires, broken concrete and more creating two 4,000 sq ft lawn play areas, a 10’ slide perched on Blueberry hill (Blueberry plants for the kids to harvest from), a 10’ play tunnel and a soon to be installed swing. An arched 14’ metal bridge welded from reclaimed steel pipe from a local cannery building was built by MacRae Wylde to create a walkway over the newly created natural pond. The June 5th event completed that bridge to make it the ‘Discovery Bridge’ and become a functional piece of art in the garden.
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Willow Ponds was honored to be part of the sustainable tour for the International Conference of Association of Professional Landscape Designers July 2009. Over 65 attendees toured the public gardens and several private homes. The APLD recognized Willow Ponds as being at the forefront of sustainable neighborhood development with the use of onsite water retention, rehabilitation of wetlands and creation of new green spaces. As well they were quite impressed with the overall design and quality of homes and their relationship with each other. Willow Ponds was also on the sustainable tour for the 2010 National Conference for the Perennial Plant Association again hosting several attendees and representing quality design in sustainability. Developer/Designer, Jacquie Barone continues to attend such conferences to learn about new design and sustainable building and landscape techniques.
Currently there are 27 lots open in the first three phases. An additional 37 lots are scheduled to open in additional future phases. 17 homes are built, 3 lots are waiting for construction, and 6 lots are available for sale by both developer and current lot owners. The new lots are located adjacent to the new creek and park area. A public park with plenty of landscaping with native plants, large trees, two 4,000 sq ft grass fields and some fun play structures is now open and allows for plenty of community play space.
Phase 3B is under design. Once this process is completed a schedule will be set to when these lots may be available. Stay tuned to this web page for future news on this phase.
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