Construction on the new Lynchview Park is expected to start at the end of May and will include a Portland Loo restroom.
Lynchview Park, a desolate 7.62 acres with no amenities, at Southeast 165th Avenue and Southeast Market Street, should be completed by winter of 2019/20, Portland Parks & Recreation said in an announcement.
The park, which abuts Patrick Lynch Elementary School, will have a colorful playground, the Loo, pathways, benches, irrigation improvements, public art and other park amenities.
The Loo will be located near the new playground, which will sit along the eastern edge of Lynchview Park, at Southeast 167th Avenue.
"In our outreach process during the design phase, we heard interest from many neighbors about having a restroom near the playground, and it was rated as one of the top desired passive amenities," Portland Parks & Rec said in an announcement about the Loo.
The Loos are made mostly of steel, are a single-user restroom and are designed and manufactured in Portland to be ADA-accessible, safe, and graffiti-resistant. PP&R, which has owned the land since 1993, held several community meetings to get input about what kinds of features and improvements people wanted to see.
Funding for Lynchview's improvements come from a bond passed by Portland voters in 2014 and system development charges that developers pay when they build new homes and neighborhoods.
Although several new parks are under construction east of Interstate 205, the area is still underserved, critics charge. PP&R's target is to have a park within a half mile, or a 15 to 20 minute walk, of every household in the city.
— Teresa Carson
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