Glenhaven Park at 7900 N.E. Siskiyou St. is slated for a summer 2019 rehabilitation, according to Portland Parks and Recreation Public Involvement Coordinator Maija Spencer. Spencer is organizing a February 22 meeting to collect neighbor and business input. “We will provide food,” said Spencer, “and kids are welcome to attend. We are still working on securing a location and other details.”
Spencer is trying to keep the meeting to a reasonable size so that all can participate: “This focus group will help provide information to the design team, including what you like about the current playground, what you’d like to see in the future playground, and sharing information about how the park is used,” Spencer said. Some of the equipment currently used at Glenhaven Park dates to the 1970s and has had to be removed for lead content, she added.
Spencer said the total project has $1.7 million available, with $1.45 million from the parks replacement bond passed in 2014 by 73 percent of the voters and $250,000 from system development charges.
The funding includes design costs, public involvement, staff time, other soft costs, and construction. This winter and spring, public involvement will help with setup and concept development. This summer, construction documents will be drafted, and next winter and during the spring of 2019, permitting and bidding will take place, with construction planned to begin in the summer of 2019.
Glenhaven Park’s rehab is among dozens of other Parks and Recreation projects underway. Just finished: new entry improvements at the nearly 25-acre Whitaker Ponds Nature Park, 7040 N.E. 47th Ave., a project that improved visitor safety, accessibility and aesthetics by creating a more inviting public entry space. A formal celebration is planned there this spring.
Whitaker Ponds Nature Park improvements included a new parking lot, better access for school buses, bike racks, stormwater treatment facilities, accessible routes to educational facilities and a small natural gathering area. New sidewalks, bike lanes, a sanitary sewer extension north of Whitaker Slough, a storm water sewer extension and a full reconstruction of the street are still to be completed. Portland’s water bureau also plans to replace the 100-year old cast iron water main.
Volunteers were also instrumental in preparing the area for the improvements, according to Portland Parks & Recreation, working through project partners, Columbia Slough Watershed Council and Portland’s Bureau of Environmental Services, who transformed what was a junkyard 20 years ago into a nature study area. Funding came from $1.28 million in parks bureau capital, complemented by a $422,667 Metro Nature in Neighborhoods grant and $858,794 in system development charges.