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Portland Parks & Recreation Hosts Community Open Houses for Beech Park, Gateway Park & Plaza

 

Public Input Welcomed on Potential Park Designs

(Portland, OR) –

Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) will hold a pair of open houses on the potential designs of Beech Park and Gateway Park & Urban Plaza.  PP&R staff will present design options to the public at these community forums and solicit input.

Beech Park

What: Community open house for potential designs of Beech Park
When: Thursday, February 26, 2015.  5:30pm-7:30pm
Where: Shaver Elementary School, 3701 NE 131st Place, Portland

 

Gateway Park & Urban Plaza

What: Community open house for potential designs of Gateway Park & Urban Plaza
When: Tuesday, February 17, 2015 5:30 PM-7:30 PM

Where: Sacramento Elementary School, 11400 NE Sacramento St.

“Public involvement is a vital component of Portland Parks & Recreation’s process for planning and design,” says Portland Parks Commissioner Amanda Fritz.  “We are building new parks in areas that desperately need them, and we want to hear from those who will benefit regarding the design and proposed features.” 

Construction on Beech Park is expected to begin in early 2016, with a potential completion date of mid-2017.  Gateway Park’s construction is also expected to begin in early 2016, with anticipated completion in 2017.

Background

In January, 2014 Portland Parks Commissioner Amanda Fritz, Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R), and Portland Development Commission (PDC) announce plans for building two new parks in east Portland, a traditionally underserved area of the city.  PP&R is now in the design process on both Beech Park (approximately 16 acres off NE 126th Ave & Beech St.) and Gateway Park & Plaza (four acres off NE Halsey St between NE 104th & 106th Aves) with construction on both parks scheduled to begin in early 2016. 

In east Portland, two out of every five households do not have easy access to a City park.  That is in stark contrast to the rest of Portland where four out of every five households live within a half-mile of a park or natural area,” says Fritz, who designated Beech and Gateway Plaza Parks for development after careful consideration of community input. 

“This is a significant step in correcting historic inequities in parks in east Portland,” adds Portland Parks Commissioner Amanda Fritz.  “All over Portland, people are telling me, ‘Provide parks for people who don’t have one’. There are challenges in every neighborhood, and insufficient resources to correct them all. These two projects begin to correct the disparities in east Portland.”

 Mayor Charlie Hales noted the Portland Development Commission’s $1 million contribution towards Gateway Park and Plaza.  “PDC’s partnership will help revitalize the commercial appeal and livability of the Gateway neighborhood”, said Hales.

Fast Facts on Beech Park:

Features

- Adjacent to Shaver Elementary School in the Parkrose School District, in the Argay neighborhood of NE Portland.  It will feature grand views, a sports field and basketball court, accessible play and picnic areas, shelters, pedestrian and bike paths, parking, community gardens, and a fenced off-leash dog area.

Equity/Equal Access

-The park will serve nearly 965 new households which currently do not have ready access to a park. Data show that 49% of these households are ethnic minorities, and 23% are below the poverty level. 

Funding

- Project cost is estimated at $11.8 million from Parks System Development Charges (not General Fund tax dollars). You can learn more about this park plan here.

Fast Facts on Gateway Park & Plaza:

A partnership project with Portland Development Commission

Features

-The three-acre park will become a “living room” for the Gateway neighborhood, featuring accessible spaces and activities for all ages, including a plaza ready to accommodate a variety of events, festivals, and farmers' markets. As envisioned in the Master Plan, the park will also include flexible green spaces to accommodate picnic areas, accessible playground features and nature play.

Equity/Equal Access

The park will serve more than 800 new households which currently do not have ready access to a park.  Data show that 36% of these households are ethnic minorities, and 28% are below the poverty level.

Funding

Project cost is estimated at $8.2 million, from System Development Charges (not General Fund tax dollars). The Portland Development Commission (PDC) will be contributing $1 million for the improvements, and is recruiting private investment to develop a building on NE Halsey adjacent to the new park. You can learn more about this park plan here