- September 27, 2021
- Posted by: Stratford Team
- Category: Business
While it might be difficult for most people to envision, standing in an empty lot filled with knee-high weeds and blackberry shoots as the traffic whizzes by on West Harvard Avenue, Cordell Smith will tell you he sees it all.
The miniature golf course here, with the ponds and waterfalls. The rolling BMX and pump tracks there, like a roller-coaster for bikes. The pavilion filled with people playing ping pong, shuffleboard and cornhole. The food trucks. The postcard-like views of the South Umpqua River.
Smith is describing his vision for Thundering Water, a family-friendly recreation center that will focus on fun and healthy lifestyles he and a group of other community leaders are looking to build on a 3.3-acre site in the 1800 block of West Harvard Avenue. And unlike other places where parents drop their children off then…