Rising from a foreclosure property in the Willamina/Sheridan, Oregon area of the lush Willamette Valley is a proposed project of magnificent proportions. J.W. Millegan, a wealthy Lake Oswego stockbroker, currently working near Sheridan, Oregon, is the dream maker and driving force behind this proposed international site for equestrian Eventing and competition, named Wallace Bridge.
The 350 acre parcel that Mr. Millegan owns has a variety of proposed operations which will include a farm produce stand, cheese factory, bakery, distillery, a bed and breakfast facility, luxurious hotel rooms in addition to the important drawing cards of arenas, a polo field and courses for the hunter/jumper, dressage and Eventing participants and audiences. Mr. Millegan hopes to draw international competitors to these venues at Wallace Bridge and intends to have the entire project completed well before the 2024 Summer Olympics.
The 2024 Olympics bidding process is currently under consideration by the Portland City Council and the U.S. Olympic Committee. The project approval process, a highly complicated and drawn out series of legal permits, is currently in motion and moving forward towards a proposed completion date of approximately 2016.
This project, once completed, could provide jobs to the central Willamette Valley region as highly talented horses, riders and trainers schedule events and competitions there. If it acquires international acclaim as expected, the site will draw tourists and other visitors as audiences to these events and facilities. The nearby Oregon Gardens, Spirit Mountain Casino, Oregon coast, Mt. Hood and Mt. Jefferson play lands and the city of Portland are all within a few hours of driving from Wallace Bridge and are enjoyed by thousands of people every year.
For more information see the four links listed here. To show your interest and support for the Wallace Bridge Project, contact your local municipal representatives. Or, show up to the rally on April 22nd, at noon in Portland to show how you support the horse community in Oregon.