Planners say all three options offer trails, playground next to Willamette River

Three design alternatives for Milwaukie Bay Park will be revealed at an open house and workshop on Thursday, Nov. 15, at the Milwaukie Masonic Lodge at 10636 S.E. Main St.

PHOTO COURTESY: NCPRD - A grassy field on the left side of this concrete path at Milwaukie Bay Park is proposed for a playground.More than 1,000 community members commented last August on possible park elements. Based on the input, all three design alternatives will include a "natural-style playground and water feature aesthetics."

Alternatives will show various approaches to include park components such as a play area, interactive water feature, gathering area, art, pathways for circulation and more, said Heather Koch, senior planner for the North Clackamas Parks & Recreation District.

Public input is needed on the placement of and relationship between park elements and overarching site characteristics, taking into consideration the site's steep slopes, flood zone area, natural habitat, and unique proximity to the Willamette River and downtown Milwaukie.

"Each [alternative] will do so in unique ways to encourage hearty discussion and feedback," Koch said.

She said project partners will use public feedback received online and at the Nov. 15 event — along with guidance from the Steering Advisory Committee and the Technical Advisory Committee — to inform development of a preferred final design in the coming months.

Attendees can choose which segments of the event they would like to attend, including an open house from 4 to 6 p.m., 6 to 6:30 p.m. presentation, and/or a workshop from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Community members can learn more about the project, meet with staff and park designers, and give input on potential design features.

A preferred design will be selected in early 2019 and construction is tentatively planned to begin in 2020.

If you can't attend the event, visit from Nov. 15-23 to explore the alternatives and give feedback. You also can call Koch at 503-742-4354 for more information.

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