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Portland Parks & Recreation

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Phone: 503-823-7529

1120 SW Fifth Avenue, Portland, OR 97204

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Parklane Park

Central Green

Active Rooms

Exploration and Discovery

Project Update

At the second Community Gathering on February 12, 2020, we shared the above three design concepts and asked for the community's input. At our final Community Gathering event in May 2020, we will share a draft of the final design for feedback. More details to come soon! 

Project Overview

Thanks to funding from System Development Charges, Parklane Park will be expanded from 5 acres to 25 acres. The currently developed 5-acre portion of Parklane Park includes an accessible play area, a basketball court, a Portland Loo, and a softball field. The new funding will allow for ADA improvements to the entire park, plus park improvements for the site's undeveloped 20 acres on the northern side. Funding is sufficient for completion of nearly all elements identified in the 2009 Master Plan (except for the aquatic center).  

The 2009 Master Plan will be a guide for the design, and improvements may include:

  • Playground improvements
  • A skatepark
  • A gathering area and picnic shelters
  • A Portland Community Garden
  • Tennis court
  • Dog off-leash area
  • An extensive recreational path system
  • Large open meadow
  • Landscaping and trees
  • Sports fields (such as soccer and baseball)

Preferred Concept from 2009 Master Plan: 

Preferred concept from 2009 master plan

Through a Project Advisory Committee and Community Gathering events, the community will help guide the development of the design for the expanded park. The first step of the community engagement process will be to check in with the Project Advisory Committee and the broader community about the Master Plan's features to see if any priorities have changed. 

Project Manager
Britta Herwig,, 971-940-5711

Community Engagement Coordinator
Maija Spencer,, 503-823-5593

Project Advisory Committee Members
Asia Saechao, Benjamin Lostheart, Courteland Benson, Dasha Foerster, Jeb Hubbs, Jenny Glass, Jonathan Cruz, Kit Becker, Matt Wood, Mercedes Herrada, Riley Renner, Ron Clemenson, Roxie Sprick, Selenny Santiago, Sogene Mah, Terence Stilin-Rooney. 

Project Timeline

  • Summer 2019 - Summer 2020: Design Development and Community Engagement 
  1. October 14, 2019: PAC Meeting #1 (Orientation and Site Tour), Oliver Elementary School
  2. October 29, 2019: PAC Meeting #2, Oliver Elementary School Library
  3. November 5, 2019: Community Gathering #1, Rosewood Initiative
  4. January 21, 2020, 6-8pm: PAC Meeting #3, Parklane Church
  5. February 12, 2020, 5:30-7:30pm: Community Gathering #2, Parklane Elementary School Gym, 15811 SE Main Street
  6. March 9, 2020, 6-8pm: PAC Meeting #4, Oliver Elementary School Library
  7. April 2020: PAC Meeting #5
  8. May 2020: Community Gathering #3
  9. June 2020: PAC Meeting #6 (final meeting)
  • Summer 2020 - Summer 2021: Construction Documents and Permitting 
  • Summer 2021 - Summer 2022: Construction
  • Fall 2022: Opening celebration 

Project Background

The site of Parklane Park was originally Native American land. More recently, it was used as an airfield, and then as a gravel quarry which was later filled with remnant debris in the 1990s. When the surrounding subdivisions were built in the 1970s, the triangular 5 acre parcel that is now Parklane Park became a Multnomah County park. Local residents planted many of the trees and installed red and white striped playground equipment, which gave the park its nickname “Candy Cane Park.”

In 1993, the park was transferred to Portland Parks & Recreation. In 2006, the City purchased an additional 20 acres to the north, the site of the former gravel quarry. The Parklane Park Master Plan was completed in 2009 and created a plan to guide the construction of the expansion. In 2017, a Loo was installed near the playground with Parks Replacement Bond funds.

There is a significant lack of parks and open spaces and a shortage of recreation facilities in the neighborhood. When fully developed, Parklane Park will serve 2,237 households, including 407 of which do not currently have ready access to any park or natural areas. 

In May 2016, Commissioner Amanda Fritz announced $6M in funding to start development of Parklane Park. In the summer of 2018, she allocated an additional $10M, to bring the full project budget to $16M. This will allow for completion of nearly all elements identified in the 2009 Master Plan (except for the aquatic center).  

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