Spring 2015 - Formation of Astoria Scandinavian Midsummer Festival committee to develop plans for 50th Anniversary of the festival in 2017. Carole Lyngstad formally brings up idea of building an immigrant monument, an idea that many people had been talking about for years.
Summer 2015 - Discussions concerning process and application to Oregon Community Foundation for grant funds
October 2015 - OCF awards $2,500 to ASHA for Phase One of “From Scandinavia to Astoria” Immigrant Monument
Fall 2015 - Monument executive committee forms: Loran Mathews, Project Director; Leila Collier, Midsummer Festival Chair; Carole Lyngstad, Treasurer; Janet Bowler, Grant Writer.
Fall 2015 - Mathews and Lyngstad discuss with City of Astoria Parks and Recreation Department possible sites for monument.
January 2016 - Original committee decides to expand to include representatives from Scandinavian Lodges
February 2016 - Expanded committee meets to review monument priorities and chose three top sites from seven suggested by City of Astoria.
March 2016 - Committee selects graphic artist to draft preliminary design. Artist Roger McKay of Astoria was selected to make three artistic renditions of the preliminary design.
May 2016 - Committee reviews the preliminary design proposal and the three sketches.
June 2016 - The executive committee met with City of Astoria Parks and Recreation Board and gained their approval to take the Scandinavian Park proposal to the Astoria City Council.
August 2016 - Loran Mathews and Judi Lampi presented the Scandinavian Immigrant Park proposal to the Astoria City Council. Councilor Zetty Nemlowill made a motion seconded by Councilor Russ Warr for the City of Astoria Park and Rec Department to make an agreement with ASHA that both groups can live with so that this civic project can move forward.
November 2016 - Monument Committee meets to draft proposed agreement to take to City Council.
January 2017 - ASHA and the City of Astoria Parks and Rec Department have reached tentative agreement on a Memo of Understanding for care of the park after it is built. We are waiting for the City Attorney to review the MOU before taking it to the Astoria City Council for approval.
June 2017 - Judi Lampi is now chairman of the Heritage Park Committee. Signatures are being collected in support of the proposed enhancements to the former People's Park site.
July 17, 2017 - Judi Lampi will speak at the Astoria City Council meeting to request that the City move forward with park plans.
August 2017 - Committee members will march in the Regatta Parade and distribute informational flyers to gain community support for the heritage park.
September & October 2017: Rotary Club voted to maintain the future Scandinavian Heritage Park as a service project. Executive committee members and a representative from the Rotary Club met with Astoria Parks and Rec administrators and City Manager Brett Estes to formalize an agreement for the park. When final, the agreement will need City Council approval.
December 18, 2017 - The Astoria City Council approved the final version of an agreement for Scandinavian Heritage Park.
January 4, 2018 - The Astoria Scandinavian Heritage Association signed the agreement and began a search for a landscape architect and plans for fund raising.
January 2018 - The website domain was renamed www.astoriascanpark.org.
February 2018 - Rosemary Johnson was hired as Project Manager. The park committee interviewed architect candidates.