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The City of Portland, Oregon

Portland Parks & Recreation

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Phone: 503-823-7529

1120 SW Fifth Avenue, Portland, OR 97204

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Kʰunamokwst Park

Kʰunamokwst Park in NE Portland's Cully neighborhood opened permanently on April 25, 2015, and celebrated with a community wide Grand Opening Celebration on May 16, 2015. 


  • Traditional children’s’ playground and an innovative “nature play” area with boulders to climb on, a slide on a hillside
  • Interactive water feature and play area
  • Paths for walking and jogging
  • Native plants
  • Picnic tables and shelters
  • Park benches
  • Portland Loo (restroom)
  • Skate dot – small skateboard park with kids and beginners in mind
  • Lights
  • On-street parking
  • New sidewalks (thanks to the Portland Bureau of Transportation)
  • Rain garden – where rain water drains


Designing and construct the first developed park in the Cully Neighborhood. PP&R purchased the Werbin property in 2009, with support from Metro's voter-approved 2006 bond measure, to help fulfill the need for park and open space within the Cully Neighborhood. The property is a 2.4-acre site located on NE 52nd Ave between Alberta & Wygant.

Portland Parks Commissioner Amanda Fritz joined neighbors, partners, and special guests to reveal the name of the first developed park in the Cully neighborhood, Kʰunamokwst Park (pronounced KAHN-ah-mockst - click to hear the full pronunciation). Kʰunamokwst is a Chinook wawa name meaning “together”. Kʰunamokwst will be the first PP&R park to enjoy a name indigenous to the land it sits on. Chinook wawa is the language commonly used by the original people of this area. Press release

Project Manager
Travis Ruybal,

Project Advisory Committee
Michael Alexander, Jennifer Alkezweeny, Victoria Demchak, Karen Gonzalez, Richard Gunderson, David Kurushima, Alejandro Manzo, Nicole Markwell, Gina Mattioda, Shayla Rogers, Kathleen Sheridan, Cesar Torres, Mercedes Yanez


June 2013
Hire Design Team

June-December 2013
Complete Construction Drawings

January-April 2014
Permitting Process

May 2014
Bidding Process

July 2014
Negotiate Construction Contract

August 2014-February 2015

Right-of-Way Improvements
As part of the park development, half-street improvements will be completed on the park frontage along NE 52 & Alberta. This work is being completed by PBOT:


March 2014
PP&R is nearing completion of the final construction documents for the park. The project is currently in the permitting process; we hope to advertise for bids in May 2014. We anticipate construction will commence in August 2014 with the park opening in spring 2015.

September 2013
A public meeting was held on September 11, 2013. The meeting goals were to:

  • Provide the community with an update on the park construction
  • Describe the options regarding the skate dot
  • Receive feedback from the community regarding the design direction for the skate dot

Skate Dot Option
The Skatepark Advisory Committee provided guidance on the development of two designs. One of their goals is to integrate more “street skate” options within our park system. Street skate designs also tend to be very suitable for beginning skaters who are the intended users for this skate dot.

Based upon the feedback we received regarding the skate dot, the overwhelming response from those who participated and commented on the designs was to move forward with Option #2 illustrated below. This option has been incorporated into the design drawings and will be constructed as part of the park development. The skate dot is approximately 2,000 square feet and can accommodate 1-2 people skating simultaneously with room for 5-10 others either waiting their turn or watching.

The Cully Neighborhood is home to more than 13,000 residents. Cully is a culturally diverse urban neighborhood with a mix of commercial and relatively dense residential development. The northern edge of the neighborhood is the Columbia Slough with its associated lakes and slough extensions. Generally the northern portion of the neighborhood is industrial with a few commercial uses and older homes. The central and southern portions of the neighborhood are residential, with small pockets of commercial development. The major open space landmarks are the 68+ acre Rose City cemetery, Thomas Cully Park, Whitaker Ponds Natural Area, and Colwood Golf Course. The commercial center of the neighborhood is at the intersection of NE Cully, NE 60, and NE Prescott. This five-way intersection is a commercial node with a grocery store and other commercial businesses (1992 Cully Neighborhood Plan).

The Werbin Property Master Plan was a collaborative effort between Portland Parks & Recreation, the Cully community, and the Project Advisory Committee. The plan is a vision for the project site and a framework to guide the preparation of detailed design documents for the development of the park. Given the amount of public outreach that has occurred on the project as well as acceptance of the master plan by City Council, PP&R will not entertain alternative design concepts. Any significant change in design will require written approval from the Owner’s Representative and substantive changes will necessitate public information meeting(s) per the direction of the PP&R Project Manager.