Scandinavian Heritage Park will honor the immigrant tradition that brought thousands of Scandinavians to Oregon’s North Coast in the late 1800s and early 1900s. It will be a public space to make locals and visitors alike aware of the ethnic heritage that contributed immensely to the fabric of our community. It will honor families that said their last good-byes in Scandinavia and moved to Astoria to become Americans. Like “The Garden of Surging Waves” that was erected during Astoria’s Bicentennial to honor Chinese immigrants, this monument to Scandinavian immigrants will contribute to increased awareness of all cultures in our community. Oregon Community Foundation grant funds supported Phase One of this multi-year project and now more funding is being solicited from the local community and beyond to hire a landscape architect to turn our artistic rendition into concrete plans. Initial activities included exploring design options, securing a site for the monument, partnering with the Astoria Rotary Club, and gaining City approval for a formal agreement in December 2017. ASHA signed the agreement in January 2018 and we are currently developing a plan for fundraising and searching for a landscape architect. Our original goal was to have the design approved and ground-breaking in summer 2017 but that was delayed by negotiations with the Astoria Parks and Rec Department and the City of Astoria. We have that approval now and are moving forward.
The Scandinavian Heritage Park Committee's new chair is Judi Lampi.
Photos courtesy of the Clatsop County Historical Society.