E205 Initiative improvements, alphabetically by park:
Argay Park – NE 141st Ave & Failing
Portland Parks & Recreation installed a new drinking fountain near the dog off-leash area, as well as three new park benches for two-legged visitors.
Cherry Park – SE 110th Ave & Stephens
PP&R installed a soft-surface path and two new park benches at Cherry Park.
East Portland Community Center & Pool – 740 SE 106th Ave
PP&R built a new playground at the popular community center, featuring play equipment for children ranging in age from 2 to 12 years old. East Portland Community Center has the most visitors of any PP&R community centers city-wide. New, super cool play structures are in place with names like the Mountaineer. Park goers will find a six-seat swing, synchro-spinners, a climbing wall and spring toys which are fully fenced in for safety. Many portions of the new play equipment were constructed with environmentally responsible recycled materials such as milk jugs and scrap steel. Play features are designed with physical and social development in mind, and comply with all safety and accessibility standards.
East Holladay Park – 12999 NE Holladay
PP&R built a sparkling new, soft-surface playground at the neighborhood park. It features play equipment for children ranging in age from 2 to 12 years old. Features include a giant ladybug climbing shell, slide, a six-seat swing and infant swings, climbing structures, and a jungle gym. Elements bring to mind a rainbow, or perhaps the dramatic beauty of a peacock tail, with plenty of space to run and play.
Ed Benedict Park – SE 100th Ave & Powell Blvd
PP&R installed the new, 40-plot Ed Benedict Community Garden (SE 104th and Bush), plus a new drinking fountain near the skate park plaza. The Ed Benedict Community Garden helped Portland Parks & Recreation realize the 1,000 Gardens Initiative of a thousand new community garden plots by 2012.
Glenfair Park – NE 154th Ave & Davis
PP&R crews installed a soft-surface trail and two new park benches, plus picnic tables with concrete pads. Through the E205 Initiative, park-goers can now enjoy a picnic while watching sports activities on the adjacent ballfield.
Gilbert Primary Park – SE 134th Ave & Foster Rd
Portland Parks & Recreation workers installed trail distance markers to keep track of your physical activity on a new, ½ mile soft-surface trail. Park-goers can now also enjoy bright new park signs, benches, reconstructed fences, and a resurfaced playground. The adjacent elementary school and the larger community both benefit from the new amenities.
Lynchwood Park – SE 170th Ave & Haig
The park was once without a formal pathway system, along with other park amenities. Through the E205 Initiative, Lynchwood Park now has soft surface walking and jogging paths to help provide access and visibility into the park (addressing some neighborhood-identified concerns). A fenced dog off-leash area, bright new signage, new park benches and a drinking fountain are also in place.
Midland Park – SE 122nd & Morrison
Midland Park will have both additional and improved lighting on its west side. Park benches will be replaced and installed closer to brightly-lit areas. The park will enjoy additional plants that are known to attract birds and butterflies. The fencing will be cleaned and shored up, and a new gate installed that can be secured by volunteers only when the park is closed. PP&R crews plan to have this final E205 Initiative project completed this spring.
Parklane Park – SE 155th & Main
A neighborhood picnic and celebration, complete with a PP&R Summer Free for All Movie in the Park, marked the Parklane Park improvements. Amenities include both new and refurbished picnic tables and benches, two new drinking fountains, a new playground, concrete pathway, and refurbished playground equipment in response to community and neighborhood input.
Ventura Park – SE 115th & Stark
PP&R, in partnership with the NW Trail Alliance, has installed a pair of circular off-road bicycle tracks known as pump tracks. Gravel pathways, kiosk signage, and additional plantings and landscaping are also in place as part of this unique, community-driven project.
West Powellhurst Park – SE 115th & Division
Four new park benches now grace West Powellhurst Park, along with an improved surface to the walking/jogging path that makes the trail ADA-accessible. The path is designed for use in all of Portland’s seasons.