A city greenspace on a bustling stretch of Northeast 82nd Avenue is being targeted for a $1 million reinvestment by Portland Parks & Recreation.
City officials recently revealed the final design for upgrades at Glenhaven Park, a 15.5 acre plot with parking located within the Madison South neighborhood near the border with Roseway.
The city released three designs earlier this year and received more than 200 public comments that were incorporated into the blueprints.
The new features include musical elements, climbing cubes, balance equipment, swings, embankment slides, a wavy walk, a bouldering wall and even some structures suited for adult fitness.
The wavy walk will have "a very sinuous form," while a large, sculptural net climber "will provide a beacon and more of a challenge" to older kids, according to landscape architect Chelsea McCann.
"Everyone is really excited," the principal at the Walker Macy firm noted. "We have a really diverse neighborhood."
Funding flows from two sources: The Parks Replacement Bond passed by voters in 2014 will contributed $1.45 million, while $250,000 is coming from Portland Parks' system development charges, which are fees paid by developers based on the estimated strain new construction puts on existing infrastructure.
The construction budget totals approximately $1 million.
All existing play structures, which do not meet the current requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act, will be removed. Construction is slated to started in spring 2019, with a grand opening planned in the fall.
"It's ripe for people to claim as their own space," added project manager Gary Datka. "For running and jumping and sliding down — the turf mounds are great for that.
A swing set was removed from the park this summer because it was coated in lead paint, and the large concrete wading pool was previously shuttered due to sanitary concerns.
More seating, picnic areas and pathways improvements will be added to the park to complement existing facilities and restrooms. The park also has soccer, baseball and softball fields, a tennis court and a skatepark.
Here's what will be removed when construction begins in 2019
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