Oak Lodge Water Services's approximately $3 million project includes nature trail, outdoor classroom

PHOTO COURTESY: NCPRD - Outdoor education classroom access was a key feature for the restoration of Jennings Lodge wetlands and park construction.Oak Lodge Water Services and North Clackamas Parks have completed a project in Jennings Lodge to restore wetland habitat, and in the process, opening a nature trail and outdoor classroom to the public.

Opened on Oct. 19, the 5.8-acre park is part of the Boardman Wetlands and features a nature play area, outdoor educational areas and a scenic boardwalk trail loop. The park has yet to receive an official name, but officials chose to open it to the community during a time when access to outdoor recreational activities and green spaces are more important than ever.

PHOTO COURTESY: NCPRD - A playground area at the new park in Jennings Lodge opened to the public on Oct. 19. The grand opening event for the park has been postponed due to COVID-19 and social distancing guidelines. Officials say other ways to celebrate at this time include the park's virtual tour, scavenger hunt and coloring sheets. Once the park has an official name, a virtual grand opening event will commemorate the project.

PHOTO COURTESY: NCPRD - Trails to an outdoor wetland education classroom was part of an approximately $3 million project in Jennings Lodge.As part of the approximately $3 million project, an aging sewer line was replaced along a remnant of what had been a vast wetland in the 1800s near McLoughlin Boulevard. Known locally as the Boardman Wetland Complex (or Boardman Slough), little remains of the wetlands following extensive development of the area. It's still the largest remaining wetland in the Oak Grove/Jennings Lodge area, located east of McLoughlin between Boardman Avenue and Glen Echo Drive.

Boardman Wetland drains into two streams, Boardman Creek on the north end and Rinearson Creek on the south.

OLWS District's Surface Water Management Plan identified the Boardman Watershed Initiative as a focal point and crucial step to improving the region's streams. Metro and the state of Oregon contributed grants to help fund the effort at 17908 S.E. Addie St., Jennings Lodge.

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