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We are pleased to share that at the August 27 Creston-Kenilworth Neighborhood Association meeting, Commissioner Amanda Fritz announced her allocation of an additional $850,000 in System Development Charge (SDCs) funds to the Creston Park playground project. This will supplement the already allocated $1.1 million in Parks Replacement Bond funding and $100,000 in SDCs already granted, nearly doubling the project budget to a total of $2,050,000.
We thank Commissioner Fritz for her support of this project and ensuring that funding is adequate to meet the project’s goals and the community’s needs at Creston Park. She noted she had heard from many neighbors about the need for swings at Creston Park, especially with the recent removal of the swings near the western park entrance due to safety issues.
These funds will allow us to expand and enhance the park’s playground using universal design principles, in particular adding play equipment designed for kids of all abilities and for those 5 years old and under.
Other project features will include:
Community engagement, design, and planning are continuing; construction is anticipated to begin in winter of 2019 and to be completed by spring of 2020. Nearly 3,000 homes are within Creston Park’s service area.
We are planning a community open house event in early November 2018 to share the updated playground design, incorporating these additional funds, and gather community feedback. Please look for an announcement once that date is confirmed.
Update on Swings at Creston Park, August 2018:
Portland Parks & Recreation had to remove the swings located near the western park entrance (separate from the main play area), as we identified safety compliance issues with them. Specifically, our certified playground maintenance technician noted that the swing support needed significant repairs. Further, the swings in this location did not provide an adequate safe use zone required for fall protection, per requirements. Large tree roots are present within the “fall zone," so the swings did not meet federal safety standards. We know that the park’s play equipment is an important neighborhood asset, but safety is the top priority of Portland Parks & Recreation.
Thanks to funding from the Parks Replacement Bond and a contribution from System Development Charges, outdated play structures will be replaced with safe and updated play equipment and rubberized safety surfacing at Creston Park's playground.
An ADA-accessible pathway will be installed from the SE Francis Street entrance to the playground and swings, and an ADA-accessible parking space will be added. Other ADA improvements include a new drinking fountain and benches.
A community gathering was held on May 21 to gather input on three design options, and an online survey was available through May 29.
All input received will be used to create a draft final design which will be shared at a community meeting in November 2018 for further feedback.
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