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Long requested Charles Becker Park to be completed by end of December this year

PMG PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER KEIZUR - The future site of Mayor Charles Becker Park, which should be completed by Dec. 31. A park is being developed in Pleasant Valley after years of residents campaigning for a safe, green space for their children to play.

Mayor Charles Becker Park, named after the former Gresham leader who was instrumental in annexing the land, will be an exciting place for families and children to spend an afternoon. Designs for the park include central plaza surrounded by open play areas, park tables with room for barbecues, a creek, small pond, playground and half basketball court.

The park is located in the middle of Brookside Community, a large-scale housing development near Southwest Binford Avenue and 41st Street.

In 2017, residents of Brookside protested the lack of action on a park, which they said was promised by the developer, Charlotte Point, LLC, back when the site first broke ground. Community members attended meetings, put up signs and beseeched the city to help come up with a solution.

It wasn't an easy solution in securing funding. Because of how the city of Gresham funds new parks, the best answer was to wait on park system development charge (SDC) credits to accumulate as new homes were built.

In 2018, Gresham City Council earmarked the future Charles Becker Park as a priority among six undeveloped local parks saddled with a $37.2 million price tag.


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