Gold Hill has many great qualities to capitalize on, said ODDA representative Mike Cerbone, whose resource team took pictures and investigated all aspects of the city, including its history.
Location close to Interstate 5 and along the Rogue River, plus the fact hundreds of people drive through town on their way to the Crater Lake National Park "have tremendous potential to attract tourist dollars," he
Ideas included promoting connections between points of interest which would encourage people to walk instead of drive, Cerbone
Historically, Gold Hill's main street was Fourth Avenue."Revitalizing Fourth Avenue would improve economic development," said Cerbone
.There were many "missing teeth" along that street which could be filled in with buildings with similar facades to the ones still remaining, he
said."New buildings also could bring the focus back to the unique history of the area."
By connecting back to its past, Gold Hill could form a link to its gold mining history.One idea would be a gold mining interpretive center at the Sports Park
, said Cerbone
. The Sports Park
is a valuable resource, he
said.Possibilities for expanded use would be a bicycle motocross (BMX) track or skate park to give middle school age students something to do in town.Bike paths could also be extended and trails established to connect community interest points.
The city could capitalize on its close proximity to the Rogue River by improving access to the beach area, said Cerbone
."Second Avenue is only a block away from the river," he
The ideas presented at the meeting were only for consideration by residents, Cerbone
said."It's up to the people who live here to decide what they want."
The ODDA meetings were sponsored by the Gold Hill City Council
, the Gold Hill Planning Commission
and the Gold Hill Community Development Organization
Having so many people give their time for city improvement is just one more thing which makes Gold Hill unique, said Cerbone