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Lovers of the falls along the Little Luckiamute River in Falls City will now have better access to the popular swimming hole thanks to the efforts of the Falls City Alliance.
September 10, 2013
FALLS CITY -- Everyone has heard the rumors about the north side of the falls "reopening" in Falls City.
Heck, some people have already begun to take the plunge into the pools below from the cliff side of the formerly off-limits area.
But now it's official.
The Falls City Alliance owns the north side of the falls on the Little Luckiamute River in Falls City.
Ann Captain with the Polk County Clerk's office confirmed Tuesday morning that sale of the property was recorded with the office Monday.
That was the last hurdle to officially reopen the property to the public. The sale was for $125,000.
An official announcement by former Polk County Circuit Court judge Charles Luukinen, who mediated negotiations between the alliance and former owner Judith Bent, is expected soon.
Alliance members were unavailable for comment after the sale closed Monday.
The alliance formed as a nonprofit organization in 2010 and has been raising money to secure the falls access since, under a campaign entitled "Save the Falls."
A sales agreement was reached with Bent in July to sell the parcel -- which includes the most popular north side access to swimming holes above and below the falls -- to the alliance.
Falls City's revolving loan fund provided the money to acquire the property, a loan approved by the council in August. The alliance has 30 years to pay back the city for the $133,000 loan, which includes other sale-related costs.
The property has been closed to the public since 2008, when Bent purchased the property.