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Skatepark, futsal court could be built at Donald L. Robertson near the city's northeast border

A skatepark and futsal court could be constructed at Wood Village's Donald L. Robertson Park now that the two projects are added to the city's park master plan.

"It is important to note that the inclusion of a project does not mean that the project will be constructed," said John Niiyama, Wood Village's public works director. "The inclusion of a project simply enables the project to be considered for completion and funding. The size and potential impact of a project will determine the specific public outreach and engagement efforts and approach."

The Wood Village City Council voted at its meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 11, to update the park master plan and include the new sports developments. Any project in the plan must be approved by Wood Village's Parks Commission, Budget Committee and City Council before receiving funds.

Robertson Park is a 20-acre recreation area at the intersection of N.E. Halsey Street at N.E. 244th Avenue. The park currently features a playground, basketball court, an open field and nature trail that wanders through the park.

In the updated park plan, the skatepark is proposed as a 3,600-square-foot area facility that would be built between the existing parking lot and Northeast Halsey Street to provide connectivity to the park's features, Niiyama noted. If constructed, the skate park will be visible from public streets and provide an active, year-round use for the park.

Funding from sources including grants is available through the state of Oregon and Metro Regional Government for the development.

If the futsal court gets approvals from the required boards, it would be constructed near the picnic shelter and multi-purpose sport fields. Futsal is a popular sport similar to soccer played on a flat, hard surface. Unlike soccer, the game lacks a goalkeeper and has five players competing per side.

The city is exploring partnership opportunities with local youth sport leagues to develop and manage the futsal court.

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