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City of Astoria, Oregon


Unique and Historic Places

Unique and Historic Places

Ocean View Cemetery:

The City of Astoria opened Ocean View Cemetery in 1898 with 100 acres of

land, 50 of which have been developed. This site, with its serene lake views, is the

final resting place of more than 16,000 people and a perfect habitat for local wildlife.

The Avenue of the Flags graces the cemetery for Memorial Day. Loved ones can

arrange for power-washing of head stones and flower purchases for holidays.

The City of Astoria and Warrenton have deep, rich history. Ocean View

Cemetery maintained by Astoria Parks & Recreation is one of many historic

resources that preserve our culture and heritage. Our maintenance team takes

great pride in providing a beautiful and peaceful place to visit. For information about

visiting our cemetery, or inquiries regarding burials and services, or for comments

and suggestions, please contact Phil Elkins at 503.861.1332 or Terra Patterson at


Astoria Pioneer Cemetery:

Astoria Pioneer Cemetery was deeded by James Welch to Astoria on April

22, 1865. By 1891, 498 burials were recorded. There were also numerous

unlisted interments. Bodies from abandoned cemeteries were brought here.

Many graves and markers were later removed by the families. Use of the

cemetery was discontinued around 1900. Located at 14th and Madison.

Maritime Memorial Park:

Let us help you remember a recently departed loved one. Reserve the

Memorial Park for a service and put your loved one on the Maritime Memorial

Wall. (Fee includes the cost of a standard graphic.) $400.00

Youngs River Falls:

A wonderful spot to enjoy good weather, fun trails and a 45 foot waterfall.

(Located 8 miles South of Astoria on Youngs River Loop Rd. off of Hwy. 202)

Community Garden:

Come rent a plot in our Community Garden at Gray School. Plots are 40

square feet (4’X 10’). The Gray School Community Garden is an organic garden.

Gardeners are responsible for tilling, cultivating, weeding, fertilizing, watering,

end of season clean up, and all other care of their plots. $25 a year

Astoria Column:

Completed in 1926, the Column is a monumental piece of Astoria’s history.

Located at the top of Coxcomb Hill, the Column stretches upwards 125 feet,

with 164 spiral steps to reach the viewing deck. Being a destination for visitors

and locals alike, views from the Column are breathtaking, and like none other on

the Oregon Coast; the Pacific Ocean to the West and the Columbia River to the

North. Parking Fee: $2

Garden of Surging Waves:

The newest addition to unique places in Astoria, is the Garden of Surging

Waves, also the city of Astoria’s Bicentennial Legacy gift. The park spans a

majority of one city block that is bordered by 10th st. to the West, Duane St.

to the North, 12th st. to the east, and Exchange st. to the south. It is a unique

park commemorating the culture, challenges and contributions of Chinese

immigrants to Astoria and to the Pacific Northwest. This park has been a long

time vision of many passionate community members, eager to share Astoria’s

distinguished Chinese history.


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Peter von Payens has worked with the Astoria Aquatic Center as a lead guard and fitness instructor for a year and a half. Peter is a positive team member, always has an encouraging word for coworkers, has a very large knowledge of lifeguarding, keeps other staff focused on safety and working as a team. He excels in teaching new staff members rescue techniques and coaching staff to stay in practice as well as instruction in fitness. Peter teaches aqua aerobics classes, yoga classes and assists patrons in using the fitness center. Peter brings a positive presence to our facility when he works and helps to keep our patrons safe. Thank you for all your hard work Peter!


Park Partner of the Month

Dale Hirahara is a 50 year resident of Astoria and of those 50 years she has coached softball for 23 of them. Dale has been a volunteer head softball coach with Astoria Parks and Recreation for 3 years, an assistant for many more, and she has run softball skills camps and clinics for the last 15 years. Dale is one of the most requested coaches by players in our community teaching 1st year players to the most advanced level of competitive youth softball.  Her kindness and knowledge of basic fundamentals have been great tools in shaping the skill set of young ball players in Astoria. Dale has also coached and played in our adult softball leagues for 30 years. Dale has been an outstanding volunteer and valuable softball ambassador for Astoria Parks and Recreation Department, and to the community at large.  Thank you, Dale!


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