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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

Colwood Property

  • New driving range is open!

  • Restaurant, banquet room & pro shop are open!

PROJECT OVERVIEW
Make modifications to the 48-acre golf course and restore the natural area. Planning for the long-term use of the Colwood property will begin when time and resources are available.

Project Managers
John Zoller, PP&R Golf Manager, john.zoller@portlandoregon.gov
Lynn Barlow, PP&R City Nature, lynn.barlow@portlandoregon.gov

Project Partners
Portland Parks & Recreation, Portland Bureau of Environmental Services, East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District, Trust for Public Land


PROJECT SCHEDULE

October 2013
Portland City Council approved rezoning of the Colwood Golf Course, addressing a needed increase in the supply of industrial land while ensuring 85 acres would remain as open space. 

Spring 2014
Portland City Council approved PP&R and BES joint acquisition of 85 acres of Colwood Golf Course on March 19, 2014. PP&R and BES purchased the property from Trust for Public Land on March 28, 2014.

Summer 2014
Colwood Golf Course re-opened as Colwood Golf Center; PP&R began operating the pro shop, restaurant, banquet facility, and a new turf driving range on June 1. Construction of a par 3, 9-hole golf course (converted from the former 18-hole course), a training area for young beginners, and irrigation system begins. PP&R and BES are coordinating with the industrial landowner to plan and implement their wetland mitigation and forest restoration requirements on the 35-acre natural area.

Spring 2015
Golf course anticipated to be open to the public.

Summer 2016
New, high quality driving range structure anticipated to be open to the public.


PROJECT UPDATES

Summer 2014

Golf Center
Following the City’s acquisition of the Colwood property, the Colwood Golf Course re-opened as the new Colwood Golf Center. Exciting changes are taking place at the Colwood Golf Center, most notably the transformation of the old 18-hole golf course into a highly desired par-3, 9-hole course. The Colwood Golf Center also features a revamped restaurant menu and a new driving range which has proven to be very popular.

Through the Colwood Golf Center, the City hopes to boost participation in golf by making the sport more accessible to everyone who wants to play, particularly to youth and diverse populations. The City has already been working with The First Tee non-profit group to begin providing golf instruction and life lessons to children from the Cully neighborhood. The expectation is to grow and expand this program to accommodate any and all young people that are interested in learning the lifelong sport of golf. Currently, this instruction is taking place on the Colwood property located to the west of NE Alderwood. Currently, the First Tee is recruiting participants through Cully area schools and neighborhood associations.

The Colwood Golf Center’s banquet and meeting facilities are now open for business and social occasions for neighbors in northeast Portland. The restaurant and pro shop are also open for business.

Anyone interested in experiencing the new menu in the restaurant or receiving beginning golf instruction is encouraged to call 503-254-5515 or drop in. Promotional discounts are currently available for any of the services offered by the Colwood Golf Center.

Kemper Sports Management, under contract with the City, is currently managing the Colwood Golf Center clubhouse facilities and the driving range. PP&R is performing grounds maintenance. All regulatory work toward permits and construction contracts has been completed and construction was scheduled to begin at the end of July. The expected completion time is six weeks.

In preparation for construction of the new, highly anticipated golf course, several trees were removed and the existing turf has been turned under.

For more information on the Colwood Golf Center, please contact Randy Morrison at 503-254-5515.

Natural Area
PP&R City Nature staff continue to communicate with the Trammell Crow Company as the company moves through the permitting process to begin mitigation and restoration work. The company hopes to have permits in place to begin grading for the wetland mitigation site by early August, and is working to put contracts in place for the mitigation and enhancement plantings to begin this winter.

Spring 2014
Thanks to everyone who attended the community open house held at the Colwood Golf Course on April 29. During the event, staff from PP&R City Nature and BES took community members on tours of the Columbia Slough while golf pros provided free putting lessons. Following these activities, community members learned about the short-term plans for the property in a presentation held in the Colwood Golf Course clubhouse.


PROJECT BACKGROUND
The Colwood Golf Course has long been an acquisition priority for the City because it is a large undeveloped parcel with tremendous natural resource and recreational value. The Colwood Golf Course is also part of the City’s comprehensive plan to address issues of access and equity in the Cully neighborhood by closing the number of households within walking distance to parks and publicly accessible natural lands.

For the past two years, the Trust for Public Land (TPL) negotiated the purchase of the 120-acre Colwood Golf Course. As part of TPL’s efforts, the northern portion of the property (35 acres) was rezoned for industrial use. This rezoning was approved by Portland City Council in October 2013. The new owner of the industrial site will be required to comply with environmental and traffic mitigation requirements.

TPL purchased the other 85 acres of the property with the intent to sell it to the City to manage as open space. Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) and the Bureau of Environmental Services (BES) jointly purchased the 85 acres from TPL on March 28, 2014, after receiving approval from Portland City Council. The two bureaus will cooperate to permanently protect the natural lands and waterways that flow through the property while addressing issues of access and equity in the park-deficient Cully neighborhood. In the short term, PP&R will continue to operate 48 acres of the Colwood Golf Course as a golf facility with an emphasis on engaging local youth in golf. This locally-focused program will ensure Colwood’s neighbors have access to a lifetime recreational activity with numerous health benefits.

The Colwood property is located across the street (NE Columbia Blvd) from the soon-to-be developed Thomas Cully Park.