Downtown Association To Operate Historic Oregon City Municipal Elevator
City of Oregon City Signs 3-Year Contract to Provide Staffing Services
(OREGON CITY, OR – December 15, 2016) – On Wednesday December 7, 2016, after a competitive bidding process, the City of Oregon City Commission agreed to sign a 3-year contract with the Downtown Oregon City Association (DOCA) to provide staffing services for the City’s iconic municipal elevator. The current operator, Five Stars International, LTD, is not renewing its contract after 25 years of service. Under the contract, DOCA will staff the elevator during all operating hours and provide information about local businesses, attractions, and highlights about Oregon City and elevator history.
“The Municipal Elevator is one of Oregon City’s most important icons. DOCA is excited to continue the tradition of providing Elevator Guides,” said DOCA Executive Director Jonathan Stone. “We look forward to working with the City of Oregon City on enhancing the visitor experience. The Elevator Guides are one of the best resources for tourists learn more about Oregon City. We want the Municipal Elevator to continue to be a cultural resource and to build on the traditions that the community loves. We also want to enhance connectivity between the McLoughlin Neighborhood and Downtown. Over the next few months, we will begin a robust community conversation about ways that we can improve the public’s experience at the elevator.”
DOCA’s begins operations on February 1, 2017. Due to longtime employees retiring, DOCA is currently accepting job applications for management and guide positions. To learn more about job opportunities, visit downtownoregoncity.org/jobs.
About the Downtown Oregon City Association
Formed in 2009 as Main Street Oregon City, DOCA is an award-winning 501c(3) charitable nonprofit focused on the revitalization of Oregon City’s 172-year-old downtown. DOCA is supported by a 13-member volunteer board of directors, six volunteer committees, over 150 annual volunteers, and dedicated staff; all designed to support a more vibrant community, preserve and restore Oregon City’s historic civic center, and enhance the economic opportunity of Oregon City’s citizens and entrepreneurs. DOCA’s programs are rooted in four key areas, promotions, marketing, and tourism, design and beautification, economic enhancement and research, and community engagement. DOCA is most known for Oregon City’s most prominent civic events including the First City Celebration, Oregon Trail Brew Fest, Cruise to Downtown Oregon City Car Show, and Oregon Trail™ Game 5k.
About the Oregon City Municipal Elevator
The Oregon City Municipal Elevator celebrated its 100th year of service in 2015. Originally built in 1915 and replaced in 1955, it is a National Register historic landmark. The elevator serves as an important pedestrian transportation link between downtown Oregon City and the McLoughlin neighborhood serving approximately 250,000 passenger trips over the past year. It is considered the only “vertical street” in North America and is one of the only elevators still operated by an attendant in Oregon. It is the fifth most highly ranked tourist destination in Clackamas County according to Trip Advisor, behind very popular Mt. Hood destinations. From the observatory at the top of the elevator, visitors are able to see a panoramic view of Willamette Falls and the Willamette River, West Linn, and Downtown Oregon City. Part of its tradition includes handing out “free ride” cards to visitors. The elevator facility is open to pedestrians and visitors seven days a week.