The Springfield Ladies Civic Club raised the funds, built the Arch and in so doing, put the town of Springfield; Gateway to The McKenzie, on the Map.
Unfortunately the Arch, as well as many homes and businesses, were destroyed 7 years later by the flooding Willamette River.
Our plan to resurrect the Arch honors the past, and it also looks to the future. We've added some bells and whistles, including a functioning water feature that showcases the world famous McKenzie River Drift Boat, which was designed and built both on the river and in Springfield and is now the official symbol of the city of Springfield.
Scale model construction progress
We have created all the figures, intended to be cast in bronze, in clay and terra cotta. The basic structure is light-weight construction foam, chosen because it will make the model as light as possible, an aid in transporting it safely to various venues.
Already, several key area organizations have endorsed the concept by providing letters of support. With one exception, the letters were expressly identified as unanimous. And we are heartened by that fact. The list includes The Springfield Chamber of Commerce, The McKenzie River Chamber of Commerce, The McKenzie River Guides Association, The McKenzie Watershed Council, The McKenzie River Trust and The McKenzie Flyfishers.
Friends of The Springfield Arch
At this point in time, the Friends of the Springfield Arch has been recognized by the Oregon Secretary of State as a public benefit non-profit corporation. The next step is to file with the Internal Revenue Service for designation as a public benefit and 501(c) 3 non-profit. Upon receipt of that determination we will file with the Internal Revenue Service for recognition as a 501(c)3 non-profit.
And now, your opportunity to be part of history and get in on the fun: our donor rewards:
This is the certificate of thanks:
This is the sticker:
This is the Photographic print:
This is the T-Shirt. (This is a mock-up; the shirts aren't printed as yet}. But you can check out a line of T-Shirts that I've designed and sold very successfully at: www.McKenzieRiverOregonGiftShop.com
This is a mock-up of how your name would be listed on the plaque at the base of the model:
This is the invitation to the unveiling. (Donors will need to arrange their own transportation to Springfield).
Risks and challenges
The challenge is to complete the 5 foot wide scale model of the Arch by August 15, 2013 in order it to be ready for display at a number of venues in Springfield and on The McKenzie River. For example, it might be displayed at the Springfield Public Library, at City Hall, at schools and parks. On the river, it would be an attraction at art festivals, bazaars and other summer celebrations. We're about half finished. The live water feature at the top of the Arch, which showcases a McKenzie River Drift Boat (the official symbol of the city of Springfield) has never been done before and will be a challenge, but we're confident we can solve it by using an internally recycled water system, a pump and water jets. Part of the fun of the project is doing something that hasn't been done before. I hasten to add that the finished model will not be identical to these renderings. For instance the orignal concept called for a red marble to be used on the lower plaques, but once we started building we learned that that particular marble, Ross Damasco, hasn't been available for the past 6 years. We're using a marble called Rojo Alacante instead. Because of erosion and loss of sheen when exposed to the elements, marble will not be used on the eventual full sized arch. Granite will be used instead.
So far as risks which might be faced after the project is successfully funded, the only things that might be a problem would be damage or vandalism. We will tackle that possibility by providing a secure moving case and maintaining
the vigilance of a loving parent responsible for a vulnerable infant.
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