Phone: 503-823-PLAY (7529)
1120 SW Fifth Ave., Suite 1302, Portland, OR 97204
Portland Parks & Recreation, the Buckman Community Association, and the Colonel Summers Task Force have been working on tactics and strategies for increasing positive uses for Colonel Summers Park for several years. Park additions and improvements include many varieties of projects including capital improvements, maintenance projects, enforcement activities and more. Learn more by reading the Colonel Summers Park Improvements Dashboard.
Two improvement projects are currently being planned for Colonel Summers Park:
- installation of a Portland Loo (restroom) and splash pad
- an enclosure for the picnic pavilion
Loo and Splash Pad
A Portland Loo and splash pad will be installed in Colonel Summers Park. Funding for the Loo is available thanks to the Parks Replacement Bond, and System Development Charges (SDCs) are funding the splash pad. The splash pad will replace the decommissioned wading pool. The exact location of each amenity will be determined through the design process with public input.
Spring 2016 - Fall 2016: Design Development and Public Involvement
Fall 2016 - Winter 2016/17: Construction Documents, Permitting, and Bidding
Spring 2017 - Summer 2017: Construction
Summer 2017: Opening of Loo and Splash Pad
PP&R has secured funding and hired an architect to design the enclosure for the picnic pavilion. A preferred option was chosen after the December 2015 community meeting and shared at the February 2016 Buckman Community Association meeting.
Update October 2016:
A successful bid was obtained in the second round of bidding. The gate is currently being fabricated off-site, and installation will occur in November.
Marlo Medellin, firstname.lastname@example.org, (503) 823-5581
Public Involvement Coordinator
Maija Spencer, email@example.com, (503) 823-5593
Originally called Belmont Park, this site was renamed in 1938 in honor of Colonel Owen Summers, a former member of the Oregon Legislature. Summers was the commanding officer of the Second Oregon Volunteers Regiment in the Spanish-American War. He also introduced the bill which later created the Oregon National Guard.
In the southwest corner of this park there is a huge rock, which came from Kelly Butte. This rock holds a bas relief image of Colonel Summers on a bronze plaque.