Portland Parks & Recreation commissioner Amanda Fritz has announced the final list of projects to be completed in the $68-million bond measure approved by 74 percent of voters in November 2014. Included in the list are many North, Northeast and Southeast Portland parks and facilities.
In the $20.4-million Phase II workplan is the full renovation and increased accessibility of Glenhaven Park’s playground, in addition to replacement of playground equipment in need of repair or testing positive for lead-based paint, drainage improvement and ADA-approved woodchips at 30 parks throughout the city. Mechanical systems at Peninsula Park Pool will also be replaced, accessibility barriers will be removed at Mt. Tabor Park, and lead will be removed from the Fernhill Park water supply. Pier Park will see a restroom replacement, and roofs will be replaced on Matt Dishman and Montavilla community centers. The electrical system will also be replaced at Matt Dishman.
Commissioner Fritz thanked Portland voters for supporting the 2014 ballot measure, “demonstrating your commitment to repairing and improving the most critical safety and repair needs in our parks.” She pointed out, however, that a projected $258-million funding gap exists for parks bureau needs over the next ten years. “I will continue to work with the community to identify further funds to meet these growing needs,” Fritz added.