Splash pad and alleyway beautification will be done in mid- to late-June; downtown restrooms will be done in August

INDEPENDENT FILE PHOTO - The Rivenes Park Splash Pad in Hubbard (pictured) will no longer be the closest splash pad for families in Woodburn. City staff said the Centennial Park Splash Pad and Rain Garden is expected to be open by the end of next week.With the advent of late spring, a number of long-anticipated city construction projects are now underway.

The Centennial Park Splash Pad and Rain Garden, a project made possible by a $122,000 grant from the Oregon Parks & Recreation Commission awarded to the city in 2016, will be done before the end of next week, according to assistant city administrator Jim Row. The project's total cost is $203,000, with the remaining cost coming from park system development charges.

The Alleyway Beautification Project in downtown Woodburn between Grant and Hayes streets is also underway. Row said that the painting and concrete staining has been completed, but that light and security camera installation remains. The project, which will also include the addition of enclosures for trash receptacles, is expected to be completed by the end of June.

The city plans to ultimately renovate the stretch of alleys between Cleveland and Harrison streets, but began with the stretch between Grant and Hayes streets. The project, approved in November 2016, was estimated to cost $71,472, though many of the materials for the project are donated, including trash receptacle enclosures donated by Republic Services and security lighting donated by PGE and Cox Electric.

Progress has also been made on the downtown public restroom project. The Woodburn Urban Renewal Agency awarded the construction contract for the project to Woodburn Construction Co. in early May for $175,000. The project includes remodeling an existing pump room located inside the Woodburn Public Library into a men's room with a stall and a urinal and a women's room with two stalls. The permits for the restroom have been approved and work started last week. The city estimates the project will be done by the end of August.

In addition, a number of public works construction projects are slated to begin this month. The West Hayes Sanitary Sewer Pipeline Project is scheduled to begin this month and last through September. In early May, the City of Woodburn awarded a $985,000 contract to Pacific Excavation Inc. for the project, which involves installing about 3,000 lineal feet of sewer pipe and reconnecting all services and mains.

And the Spring Pavement Maintenance Project will begin this month. Pavement maintenance activities will be taking place on Mt. Jefferson Avenue, N. Cascade Drive, W. Lincoln Street, Wilson Street, Hayley Street and Park Avenue. The Woodburn City Council awarded the contract to Knife River Corporation in the amount of $373,373 at the May 22 City Council meeting.

Julia Comnes covers all things Woodburn. She can be reached at 503-765-1195 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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