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Community members are invited to a series of upcoming visioning meetings to weigh in on four new Milwaukie neighborhood parks.

Milwaukie Parks and Recreation board member Tony Andersen plans to attend all of the meetings and says that "each of these parks hold a ton of potential, each with a distinct neighborhood characteristic, and opportunities for increased amenities and access."

Photo Credit: PHOTO BY: GRADY WHEELER - Milwaukie Parks and Recreation Board members check out construction on the multiuse path that will run through Riverfront Park.North Clackamas Parks and Recreation District (NCPRD) and the city of Milwaukie are partnering to plan and develop the parks, which are currently known as Balfour, Bowman-Brae, Robert Kronberg and Wichita parks. While funding to build the parks is not currently available, community input will help shape the concepts for the future parks.

Andersen agreed to speak with this newspaper as a Milwaukie resident and NCPRD board candidate, and not on behalf of the current NCPRD board or the Milwaukie Park Board.

"Clackamas County is experiencing a time of transition where change in the coming years is inevitable," Andersen said. "As a community, we have a unique opportunity to manage this transition — new development, new residents, new transportation options — to improve livability, bring people together, and provide opportunities to think outside the box."

Photo Credit: PHOTO BY: GRADY WHEELER - These concrete forms will be the stormwater treatment facilities for the new Riverfront Park parking lot. Runoff filters through a series of vegetated barriers before making its way to the river.NCPRD has contracted with Lango Hansen Landscape Architects, who will develop design options for each park and assist with community involvement, information gathering, and presentations to the NCPRD District Advisory Board, the NCPRD Board of Directors, the Milwaukie Parks Advisory Board, and Milwaukie’s City Council.

With funds from Metro’s voter-approved 2006 natural areas bond measure, Milwaukie purchased two undeveloped park sites. Balfour Park, 3103 S.E. Balfour St., is a 0.8-acre site located in the Ardenwald/Johnson Creek neighborhood. Bowman-Brae Park is a 0.69-acre neighborhood park near the intersection of Bowman and Brae streets.

Robert Kronberg Park is approximately 5 acres located between Kellogg Lake and McLoughlin Boulevard, just south of downtown Milwaukie. The property includes land deeded to the city in 1991 by Robert Kronberg and his wife, Dena Swanson, and land purchased by the City of Milwaukie with funds from Metro’s voter-approved 1995 natural areas bond measure. Current light-rail construction includes a bicycle and pedestrian bridge spanning a portion of the lake and park site. NCPRD staff and community members have worked together to enhance the natural resources of the property over the past six years, including re-establishing native trees and removing trash and weeds.

Wichita Park is a 1-acre undeveloped park site located in the Linwood neighborhood at 5908 S.E. Monroe St. This property currently has an open lawn area with a few trees planted by neighborhood volunteers. The existing master plan for the park includes a play structure, a half-court basketball area, a perimeter path, picnic tables, benches and a disc golf basket. It was adopted into the Milwaukie Comprehensive Plan in 1999. Updates to the Wichita Park Master Plan were made in 2011 by the Linwood Neighborhood Association with assistance from consultants and approved by the Milwaukie Planning Commission in May. This project will include developing an initial set of construction drawings and a detailed cost estimate.

Community visioning meetings

These are the first of many community meetings about the four new parks. The public is invited to share their vision for the future neighborhood parks at these meetings, or by submitting comments to Katie Dunham at 503-742-4358 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Submitted comments will be presented during the public meetings. For more information about the projects and upcoming meetings, go to ncprd.com.

• Balfour Park meeting: 6:30-8 p.m. Sept. 24, Ardenwald Elementary, 8950 S.E. 36th Ave., Milwaukie

• Bowman-Brae Park meeting: 6:30-8 p.m. Sept. 30, Milwaukie Center, 5440 S.E. Kellogg Creek Drive, Milwaukie

• Robert Kronberg Park meeting: 6:30-8 p.m. Oct. 1, Milwaukie Grange, 12015 S.E. 22nd St., Milwaukie

• Wichita Park meeting: To be determined

"Neighborhood parks are a reflection of community values and progress, and a tribute to the hard work and commitment to preserving and protecting our natural assets," Andersen said. "I'm extremely excited to see what might happen when new investment provides a broader canvas to continue this great work; great work only made better when everyone gets involved."

What about Riverfront Park?

Citizen members of Milwaukie's Parks and Recreation Board toured Phase II construction of Milwaukie Riverfront Park on Aug. 25.

Board members saw first-hand the progress that's been made. Old ramp and asphalt parking areas have been completely removed. Bank areas have been cleared to create more park area; the new parking areas at the south end of the site were beginning to take shape; and the new pathway through the park was being poured.

Community Development Director Steve Butler and Engineering Director Jason Rice explained that upcoming work through the end of 2014 includes installing the piles for the new floating dock, constructing the new boat ramp, and shifting the large utility poles from the middle of the park to the eastern edge along Southeast McLoughlin Boulevard.

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