Ebner Park in Mount Angel is getting a makeover, which means residents haven’t been able to take advantage of the park this summer.

The construction began June 25 on the remodel of the park, located off of Hayes and North Spruce streets, near Marquam Road on the northwest side of town. The improvements will include new drainage, a soccer field, a “nature playground,” a walking trail, new landscaping and other amenities.

“The new playground’s features more resemble nature, with logs and rocks used as part of the playground design,” explained City Administrator Eileen Stein. “The logs actually came from Kennedy High School.”Photo Credit: LINDSAY KEEFER - Construction at Ebner Park started last month, with an anticipated completion by mid-September.

The high school is undergoing its own construction project on the track and field this summer, so some trees had to be removed to accommodate for the new track.

The project is made possible by a $194,688 State Parks and Recreation Grant, along with $157,892 in city funding. Pepsi Northwest Beverages has also donated $11,572 over the last three years toward the project, according to the city. The total cost of the project is $487,500.

In addition to Pepsi’s support, the grant-writing and planning processes have been a community effort.

For example, to illustrate the park’s drainage issues in the city’s grant application, City Councilor Kelly Grassman took photographs of her children dressed in rain boots wading through the playground on a rainy day, according to the city’s website.

“Much of the park would either be underwater or saturated (when it rains),” Stein explained.

The contractor working on the park reconstruction is Oregon City-based Bill Erickson Heavy Construction.

Access to the park during construction, which is anticipated to last until Oktoberfest in mid-September, is extremely limited, with the park being closed at times.

Lindsay Keefer covers Hubbard, Mount Angel and St. Paul. She can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 503-765-1193.

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