Damascus, Or Custom Home Builder
by Delahunt Custom Homes
Damascus is a very special place entering a period of transformation from a more rural community into a more urban city. Nestled within buttes, adorned with evergreens and stunning views of Mt. Hood and the Clackamas River, Damascus offers venues for year-round outdoor recreational opportunities and community gatherings.
November 2, 2014 marks Damascus’ 10-year anniversary as an incorporated city. The City embraces its mission to work alongside its citizens to provide a complete community where people can live, work, shop, play and learn. The Damascus City Council and staff continue to work closely with the citizens of Damascus and regional partners to develop a city following sustainable development practices which protect the wealth of natural resources and nurtures a viable visitor friendly community while defending the property rights of its citizens.
Visitors from around the world are attracted to the sheer beauty of this quaint community nestled in forested buttes and enriched with farmlands, nurseries and home based businesses. Exceptional views of Mt. Hood greet visitors as they travel eastbound through Damascus. To the southwest travelers and residents alike enjoy the Clackamas River, renowned for its salmon and steelhead fishing and great rafting opportunities. Visitors will experience a welcoming, friendly atmosphere as they patronize our local shops, businesses and restaurants.
Day in Damascus is a community event that takes place throughout the city and includes many free activities such as live entertainment, safety fair, dog show, petting zoo, artisans and farmer’s market and games. There is food and a silent auction. Last Saturday in July from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm.
Make Damascus Shine is a city-wide clean-up of the park, roads, and neighborhoods. First Saturday in May.
According to Oregon Geographic Names, Damascus can date its existence as a community back to 1867, when a post office by that name was established. That post office was closed in 1904. The original heart of the community is along Oregon Route 212, which as of 2004 serves as part of the city’s southern boundary.
A 2000 decision by Metro to expand Portland’s urban growth boundary into the area prompted some citizens of the community to submit Measure 3-138, ameasure on the ballot for the 2004 general election in November. The initiative’s passage resulted in the incorporation of the former unincorporated communities of Damascus and Carver into the City of Damascus, a step which prevents nearby cities from annexing the community. The city was the first new city in Oregon in 22 years.
In a special election on September 21, 2005, a city charter was approved by 88% of its voters. Voters in eleven parcels of land between Damascus and Happy Valley were given the chance to vote on annexation to Damascus: six of the areas voted for annexation, four voted against, and in the eleventh no votes were cast.
2010 census for Damascus, Or Custom Home Builder
As of the census of 2010, there were 10,539 people, 3,621 households, and 2,984 families residing in the city. The population density was 657.0 inhabitants per square mile. There were 3,769 housing units at an average density of 235.0 per square mile. The racial makeup of the city was 91.3% White, 0.6% African American, 0.6% Native American, 3.4% Asian, 0.2% Pacific Islander, 1.2% from other races, and 2.6% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.4% of the population.
There were 3,621 households of which 36.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 72.5% were married couples living together, 6.2% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.8% had a male householder with no wife present, and 17.6% were non-families. 12.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 4.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.90 and the average family size was 3.16.
The median age in the city was 43.2 years. 25% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.8% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 20.6% were from 25 to 44; 34.2% were from 45 to 64; and 13.3% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 50.8% male and 49.2% female.
Farmers Markets by Damascus, Or Custom Home Builder
The Damascus Fresh & Local Market (DFLM) is a local Farmers Market in its 4th season this year. The DFLM operates under the auspices of Lewis & Clark Montessori Charter School (LCMCS), which is based in Damascus. LCMCS has a strong commitment to building a strong community and helping to increase access to fresh, local and healthy food. Their Montessori Adolescent Corps (MAC) operates a small farm operation, and partnering with the Market is a natural fit for those students to come full circle with their harvest.
Opening Day this year will be on Thursday, May 21 and will commence at 3 PM. Each week the Market will be held on Thursday, from 3 to 7 PM. The Market will be held in Centennial Park, right in the center of Damascus, beside Bi-Mart and behind the fire station. Te market will have a variety of vendors, from farmers to artists to craft folk, live music, prepared food vendors, educational opportunities and food demonstrations.
Interested in more information? Want to volunteer? Please visit the Damascus Fresh & Local Market for more information.