In late May, Portland Parks & Recreation finalized purchase of 2.92 acres of land next to 7654 N. Crawford St. and opened the site for public use for picnics, reading, relaxing and other passive activities. PP&R estimates 798 households, including 477 households not currently served by another park within a half mile now have nearby park access.
Portland Parks Commissioner Amanda Fritz cited residential growth over the past few years and noted, “The opportunity to purchase the North Crawford Street and Polk Avenue property with revenue from parks system development charges provided a way to increase parkland in the area and help mitigate the impact of that growth.”
Director Mike Abbaté characterized the additional north Portland property as “significant” and said it “…provides the public with another opportunity for recreation and a chance to enjoy two heritage trees (Oregon white oaks – Quercus garryana) as well as the views of the West Hills and Willamette River.”
Abbaté added that PP&R will maintain the property for passive recreational use by mowing, pruning, and trash clean-up, but the bureau won’t be making any big changes until resources permit.
Then, the property will undergo a master plan to determine its future use and features