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In November 2014, Portland City Council designated $300,000 from 2014’s fall supplemental budget for new master plans for eastside parks. In April 2015, PP&R, the East Portland Neighborhood Organization (EPNO) Parks Committee and Commissioner Amanda Fritz engaged the community in a public outreach process to determine which sites should be prioritized as part of the eastside park master planning process. Based on that process and PP&R staff input, Commissioner Fritz selected to fund a master plan for Mill Park and Midland Park, in a concurrent process, as requested by the Mill Park Neighborhood Association.
Located adjacent to Mill Park Elementary School, the Park has very little street frontage, and access is primarily from the school property. The Park contains an informal soft-surface walking trail and several trees, but it is otherwise vacant. Master planning efforts will consider Mill Park in its context with surrounding parks and the facilities they currently provide, and with Midland Park, located approximately ½ mile away.
Because this Park is located very close to Mill Park and involves many of the same neighborhoods, its master planning effort will occur concurrently with that of Mill Park. Several other City of Portland parks are located within one mile of Midland Park and master planning efforts will also consider the surrounding park context and the facilities they currently provide for residents.
Local neighborhood leader Jane Baker envisioned using this previously-overgrown vacant lot as a teaching tool for students in local schools. This living lab would allow students to learn how plants and animals live together in a natural habitat in an urban setting. The park’s location adjacent to Midland Library is complementary to this vision of an instrument for education. The site has many trees, thus offers potential for increased habitat enhancement.
Maya Agarwal, email@example.com