Fields Bridge Park boasts new shelters, more
With all the rapid changes and improvements happening within the West Linn Parks & Recreation Department, once a month, this space will be used to highlight one of the park properties and perhaps entice new visitors or introduce regulars to new or enhanced amenities.
This month Fields Bridge Park is featured. It is possibly one of the most diverse properties in the parks system with an artificial turf baseball sports complex, paved walking trails, basketball court, playground, fishing platform and informational kiosks explaining the Willamette Meteorite and property's history.
Contrasting the highly utilized baseball complex, with its many desired amenities, are the serene and eco-friendly community garden plots. Located off the banks of the Tualatin River are 56, 400-square-foot garden plots.
All plots currently are filled with a few people on the waitlist. A plot requires a $35 annual fee. Rental of the plot includes access to tools, city water all summer and compost in the fall, and many gardening companions.
There also is a $50 cleaning deposit, refundable when departing gardeners leave their plots in good order for the next renters. People can apply to be put on the wait list any time of the year, though most openings are in the fall and in the spring. If interested, call 503-557-4700.
Two new day-use shelters and a historic interpretive plaza are now complete. Both covered shelters are furnished with tables and may be used on a first-to-arrive basis. No reservations will be made for either of these picnic areas.
The interpretive plaza installation is the result of a historic preservation mitigation agreement with the State of Oregon Historic Preservation Office for the Bridge Farm House previously on this site.
The plaza depicts the original floor plan with nine bronze plaques identifying the rooms of the home. Information about the farm house, the original settlement and industrialization of the area are all included in the plaza exhibit.
Information on parks facilities, classes or events brought to you by your Parks and Recreation Department can be found online at westlinnoregon.gov/parksrec or by calling staff at 503-557-4700.
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