Phone: 503-823-PLAY (7529)
1120 SW Fifth Ave., Suite 1302, Portland, OR 97204
Now it is time to look at the early design options for this new park and tell us what you think about the character, features and uses. What do you like? What don't you like? What is most important to you, your family and your community?
Guide us to shape the final proposed design, bringing together the best features for the new park.
SE 150th Avenue & Division Street
Located in the Centennial Neighborhood, the 7.5 acre property was acquired by Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) in 2014. The gently rolling site is grass covered and features views of the neighborhood including Division Street and Powell Butte.
We are working with the community to design this new park at Southeast 150 Avenue and Division Street. At the end of this project, we will have a general outline of what this park will become when it is built (a Master Plan). Based on community ideas and feedback, the plan will identify the primary uses and features (for example: will there be places for soccer, basketball, and a picnic area?), and begin to arrange these features within the park space. This finished Master Plan will then be presented to the Portland City Council for approval.
When funding becomes available, we will again work with the community to refine the Master Plan, adding specific details to the park design, like the size of soccer field, the kind of play equipment, and number of picnic tables. The community is a key partner all along the way.
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 an undeveloped park property that sits at southeast 150th avenue and Division street.
In 2015, Portland City Council authorized a grant agreement between PP&R and Outgrowing Hunger (a grassroots organization founded in 2011 as a participant-based model for improving food security through agricultural projects in low-income communities) to be used to support community farming and interim-use gardens within the Portland area. The purpose of the proposed project is to increase access to land for the purposes of food production for low-income, minority, refugee and immigrant populations living in East Portland.
An interim garden may be created in advance of the master plan completion, with the understanding that the permanent garden may be relocated on the site after the master planning process is completed.
In July 2016 we launched this project by hosting a "Party in the Park" to welcome the community to the site and hear ideas for a vibrant new park. Nearly one hundred people participated and helped to shape the early design options now being considered. Since then we have been working with a community advisory committee, and talking with many community members and groups to create two early designs for the future park.
Jaime English, email@example.com