This park has been on the drawing board, awating funds, for quite some time. But don't give up yet

BALFOUR PARK MASTER PLAN DRAWING - This illustration from the Balfour Park Master Plan shows how Ardenwalds new park would be developed. Although they've been working for some years to improve a plot of land in the 3000 block of S.E. Balfour Street in Ardenwald – which neighbors already refer to as "Balfour Park" – the new park has yet to be realized.

But that doesn't stop the Ardenwald-Johnson Creek Neighborhood Association's Land Use Chair, Lisa Gunion-Rinker, and many volunteers, from pushing ahead to try to make their dream a reality.

At their annual springtime plant sale to raise money for it, Gunion-Rinker they are still working to get sufficient funding for the park.

"Last year we reached $8,200, with an ultimate goal of $10,000," Gunion-Rinker said. "When we reach the ten thousand, we'll apply for matching grant to build a community garden in the park, and get that space done first; and then, in the next three years, we believe we will have some park construction!"

Other parks in the area – one of which is partially funded by ODOT – are moving ahead; but soon, the group believes, it will be their turn to start building in a part of Ardenwald that is parks-deficient. Ardenwald is a neighborhood south of Eastmoreland and east of McLoughlin Boulevard that is split between the City of Portland and the City of Milwaukie.

During the summer months, park boosters plan to hold another fundraiser, featuring fun and entertainment, in the undeveloped park space, Gunion-Rinker promises.

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