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Parks & Recreation

Healthy Parks, Healthy Portland

Phone: 503-823-PLAY (7529)

Fax: 503-823-6007

1120 SW Fifth Ave., Suite 1302, Portland, OR 97204

Beech Park

Design and construction of a new park on 16 acres of open space in outer northeast Portland between Shaver and Fremont in the Parkrose/Argay neighborhoods

Project Manager
Britta Herwig,

Public Involvement Coordinator
Hun Taing,


July 2014
RFP for Design is issued

October 2014
Hire Design Team

October 2014 - January 2016
Complete Design and Public Involvement Process

February 2016 - June 2017

Beech Park consists of two parcels that are adjacent to single-family residences, working farmlands, and Shaver Elementary School. Located in outer northeast Portland between Shaver and Fremont, the site has a long history of being farmed, and is currently a gently sloping open grassy field with grand views of the Columbia River floodplain.

During 2008/2009 Portland Parks & Recreation, in collaboration with local residents and a Public Advisory Committee, developed a park master plan. The design of the park will preserve views, reflect the farming history and context, manage storm water on site, and provide buffers from adjacent land uses. The north parcel (5.64 acres) of the site will act as a neighborhood park and features a children’s playground, a gathering space, a parking area, and a fenced dog off-leash area. The south parcel (10.07 acres) will incorporate more active and passive open space uses including a shelter, a full-size sports field, display and community gardens, picnic areas, parking, natural play, and an area of high intensity sports. In addition, a multi-use paved trail loops around the entire site, and public art and bilingual interpretive signage will be incorporated into key areas such as the unique center point where the two parcels connect.