Sentinel Pole article •
|Citizens, officials and reporters gather Monday to survey fire damage
to the Sentinel Pole
Update: Sentinel Pole burned, arson investigation underway
Around 10:30 pm on Saturday, August 23, several passers-by
phoned in reports of a fire at the Sentinel Plaza to Tualatin Valley
Fire and Rescue. A truck was dispatched from the station at
Cornell and Miller and the fire was quickly extinguished, but not
before serious damage was caused to the Sentinel Pole.
"Normally we don't even investigate fire vandalism, such
as dumpster fires," said Tim Birr, TVF&R Information Officer. "This
is obviously an important asset to the community, so the firemen
at the scene contacted our investigator who came out and began an
A complete story will be included in the September issue
of The Cedar Mill News. Updates will also appear on this page as
information is obtained.
Oregonian article, Tuesday August 26
Wednesday evening June 25th at 6:00 p.m. the community is invited
to a grand opening hot dog roast for Cedar Mill’s newest public greenspace,
the Sentinel Plaza, at the corner of Cedar Hills Boulevard
and Cornell Road. Families are invited to bring their picnic blankets
to Foege Park
that evening, eat hot dogs and cake, enjoy the pathways and
hear the stories of how this all came to pass.
Washington County received a $180,000 “transportation enhancement” grant
from the federal government to build this pedestrian and bicycle public plaza.
These types of grants are meant to fund cultural or aesthetic elements of transportation
projects. A committee including neighbors, representatives from the County’s
Department of Land Use and Transportation, CPO 1, the Cedar Mill Business Association,
Oregon College of Art and Craft and the Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation District
helped guide the planning for this new community amenity. The plaza includes
a pedestrian and bicycle pathway, a low “sit-upon” wall, fencing,
lighting and lovely landscaping. It is part of a greenway “chain” paralleling
Cedar Hills Boulevard and will eventually link up with other pathways on the
Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation District Master Trails plan.
Lynn Whitehead, Cedar Mill Elementary School art teacher, worked with
her students to add some wonderful grace notes to the Plaza. The children
tiles donated by Pratt and Larson Ceramic, Inc. of Portland, which add
an exuberant touch along the sidewalks.
The showpiece of the Plaza is the Cedar Mill Sentinel
Pole. It creatively preserves a piece of the cedar grove removed
for the Cedar Hills Boulevard
Bartow, a highly respected Native American artist, was chosen to carve
the Pole because a central theme of his art is the concept of transformation.
chosen as the centerpiece of Hillary Clinton’s Native American art exhibit
at the White House during 1998, has stood since then at the entrance
of the campus of its co-owner, the Oregon College of Art and Craft.
Now it is returning to
permanently stand as a memorial in the Sentinel Plaza. Major contributors
to the Pole project include the Regional Art and Culture Council, prominent
businesses and construction contractors and members of the Cedar Mill
The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) guided the funding flow
and engineering and landscape design for the new plaza, to ensure that
federal standards. As the City of Beaverton has recently annexed the
property, the design went through their land use/design review process
For more information, contact Anne Madden at Washington
of Land Use and Transportation, 503-846-4963.
inspecting the concrete plaza
closeup of top section
establishing a natural setting
Abe Turkl, Construction Project Manager, Tim Dreyer,
Washington Cpunty inspector, and Ed McKee, contractor's
Rick Lambert, (County Inspection Supervisor) in orange shirt, Al Girard
and Abe Turkl, Construction Project Manager.