Despite some unseasonably hot weather, work has begun in earnest on Lynchview Park. The formerly desolate 7.6 acres should be transformed into an inviting place to play and relax by this winter.
Adjacent to Patrick Lynch School, the park is at Southeast 165th Avenue and Southeast Market Street. Portland Parks & Recreation has owned the land since 1993, but it had not been developed and had no amenities.
Once finished, the park will have a colorful playground, a Portland Loo restroom, pathways, benches, irrigation improvements, public art and other amenities.
The Loo will be located near the new playground, which will be sited along the eastern edge of Lynchview Park, at Southeast 167th Avenue.
"We're hoping it's a Christmas present for the community," said Lisa Tyler, PP&R's construction manager on the project.
PP&R hired a local company to do the work. Paul Brothers Inc., a woman-owned Boring-based construction company, is the general contractor on the project.
"It provides great jobs for local folks," Tyler said.
PP&R had multiple community meetings to gather input about what kinds of features and improvements people wanted to see at the park. The agency based the design of the park on the citizen suggestions.
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