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Soft opening Feb. 5 allows for public access; grand opening will take place during warmer weather.

COURTESY PHOTO: DAVE ARPIN - Woodmont Natural Park opens to the public.Woodmont Natural Park has received a major facelift — and it was a long time coming.

The park, which had a soft opening Feb. 5 to allow for public access, will have a larger grand opening when weather permits.

Mackenzie's landscape architecture team led the master planning and design of the park.

The 6.8-acre park now features new trees, shrubs, logs and boulders, among other facets, after invasive and non-native trees were removed. The site also offers two new viewpoints of the entire park, interactive natural areas made from site-specific and local materials, five miles of new trails and more.

The Woodmont property was deeded to the city by the Meyer family in the 1990s.

"Donald Meyer, the son of Adolphus and Clara Meyer, cared for the property until his passing in 1997, maintaining a garden as well as admiring the re-naturalization that had taken place on his land," the master plan reads. "Prior to his death, Mr. Meyer formed a deal with the city of Lake Oswego to sell his family's property upon his passing, under the condition that it would become a city park."COURTESY PHOTO: DAVE ARPIN - Woodmont Natural Park features natural play areas for children.

Since then, the park had remained largely unchanged, other than rogue transient trails that were created over time and mowed firebreaks by the parks department's maintenance team. Prior to construction, the park consisted of forested areas, wetlands and meadows — and many invasive trees and non-native plants.

While the deed is restrictive and does not allow for the construction of structures other than a bathroom facility on the property, the city decided it was time to improve the park while still keeping it natural. The public outreach process also helped guide the design for what it is today.

For more information about the park and the process for designing Woodmont Natural Park, visit the city's website.COURTESY PHOTO: DAVE ARPIN - 'Nest" by local artist Hannes Wingate is part of the interactive natural area of the park.


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