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Kʰunamokwst Park Grand Opening on Saturday, May 16:

All are welcome to celebrate the first developed park in Cully neighborhood

(Portland, OR) –

(pronounced KAHN-ah-mockst)

All are welcome to the grand opening celebration of Kʰunamokwst Park, the newest Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) park and the first developed park in the diverse Cully neighborhood. City leaders including Mayor Charlie Hales and Parks Commissioner Amanda Fritz will join neighbors and other stakeholders who made Kʰunamokwst Park a reality. The 2.4 acre park at NE 52nd Ave. and Alberta is the first PP&R park to enjoy a name indigenous to the land it sits on. Kʰunamokwst Park first opened to the public on Friday, April 24, and was made possible in part by funding from Metro’s voter-approved 2006 bond.

The name (pronounced KAHN-ah-mockst), is a Chinook wawa name meaning “together”. Hear the pronunciation on the attached wave file.

Grand opening is Saturday, May 16, 11am-3pm.

Grand opening activities include:
• Native American dancers, drummers, and blessing of the land
• Grilled food
• Raffle
• Live music
• Park Rangers lead kids in a pledge to become Junior Rangers
• Scavenger hunt with prizes
• Puppet parade

Grand opening guests include:
• Pauline Montana (elder of the Confederated Tribes of Siletz, giving the Native Blessing)
• Portland Mayor Charlie Hales
• Portland Parks Commissioner Amanda Fritz
• Metro Councilor Sam Chase
• PP&R Director Mike Abbaté
• Cully Association of Neighbors (CAN) ex-chair Kathy Fuerstenau
• Pastor Albert Wayne Johnson (Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church)
• Youths from Hacienda Expresiones program, Estefani Garcia and Karely Michel
• Neighbors and other community enthusiasts
• PP&R staff

“Kʰunamokwst Park brings us one step closer to bringing the kind of access to parks that our Cully neighbors deserve,” says Portland Parks Commissioner Amanda Fritz. “The name invokes a sense of community and unity; our values of inclusion, equity, and fun for all ages. And looking at this beautiful new park, it’s easy to imagine generations of Portlanders having fun together here.”

Fritz adds that she has been proud to continue former Parks Commissioner Nick Fish’s work to provide the newest neighborhood park in a park-deficient area, one built with strong community support and extensive neighborhood involvement.  The Kʰunamokwst project cost is approx. $2.5 million, paid for via SDCs (System Development Charges). SDCs are fees paid by developers to support the increased infrastructure required when homes and businesses are built.

 The new Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) park serves 1488 families who until very recently did not have ready access to a park or natural area (defined as a half-mile walk).

“The Native American Community Advisory Council welcomed Portland Parks & Recreation’s invitation to help name Kʰunamokwst Park, along with the Cully neighbors,” says Katy Holland of the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians. “We feel our ancestors would be honored to have this name chosen for the park which acknowledges the indigenous peoples of this surrounding area. “

Kʰunamokwst Park features include:

• A traditional children’s’ playground AND
• An innovative “nature play” area with boulders to climb on, a slide on a hillside
• Water feature – an interactive water play area
• Paths for walking and jogging
• Native plants
• A large open lawn
• Picnic tables
• Picnic shelter with an “eco-roof”, a planted roof which reduces stormwater runoff into city infrastructure and provides for increased sustainability…
• Park benches
• Portland Loo (restroom)
• Skate dot – small skateboard park with kids and beginners in mind
• Lights
• On-street parking
• New sidewalks and street improvements (thanks to the Portland Bureau of Transportation)
• Rain garden – where rain water drains

“The park makes excellent use of its nearly three acres,” says Portland Parks & Recreation Director Mike Abbaté. “Kʰunamokwst is another Portland park demonstrating design excellence, and our Cully neighbors deserve such a gem as their neighborhood gathering place. The long-awaited park will enhance the area as a center of healthy activity through recreation, sports, and reflection.”

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