$1.35M allocated to Children’s Arboretum upgrades

(Portland Parks and Recreation)

(Portland Parks and Recreation)

By Phill Colombo

Portland Parks and Recreation commissioner Amanda Fritz announced this summer that $1.35 million in construction development funds, System Development Charges, would be used to improve the Columbia Children’s Arboretum, 10040 N.E. Sixth Drive, in the East Columbia Neighborhood. Parks staff will soon begin discussing upgrades with the community to complete the scope of the project in the spring of 2017.

“These improvements will make the arboretum accessible to people with strollers and using mobility devices,” Fritz said, “and will increase circulation and access with a paved multi-use trail.”

Fritz touted the environmental legacy of Columbia Children’s Arboretum dating back to the 1960s, and noted that Columbia Children’s Arboretum is in a part of town where there’s little access to parks and green spaces compared to the rest of Portland. “Two out of five east Portland households do not have easy access to a City park, a stark contrast to the rest of Portland, where four out of five households live within a half-mile of a park or natural area.”

Maryhelen Kincaid, speaking for Friends of Columbia Children’s Arboretum, agreed, “This property is one of only two arboretums in the entire PP&R system, and we recognize its unique footprint and value.” More information on the arboretum can be found at www.ecnapdx.com.