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Plus, African-Americans' opinions sought on transportation projects and City Council OKs 32 more affordable housing units.

A grand reopening celebration for the renovated Kenton Park is set for Saturday, Sept. 29. It will be held from 1-3 p.m. at 8417 N. Brandon Ave.

The renovation is the latest city Parks Replacement Bond project. Community input influenced natural themes, including wooden play elements such as a fort and balance beams, an accessible play surface, new park benches and picnic tables, a new drinking fountain, paved paths, and playground swings designed for a variety of abilities and ages.

"Portlanders are rightfully proud of our world-class park system. And thanks to the overwhelming support of voters for the Parks Replacement Bond, we're able to make much-needed upgrades," says Portland Parks Commissioner Nick Fish. "Kenton Park's new playground and amenities make it one of our flagship parks."

African-Americans' opinions sought on transportation

The Portland Housing Bureau is inviting members of the African-American community to participate in three upcoming transportation-related focus groups.

Topics to be discussed include developing a neighborhood greenway from the Lloyd to Woodlawn neighborhoods, the electric scooter pilot program, and transportation incentives for affordable housing residents.

Those wishing to participate can learn more and sign up at

Council OKs 32 more affordable housing units

The City Council has approved 10-year property tax exemptions to support 32 units of affordable housing in three projects.

The exemptions are available through the Multiple-Unit Limited Tax Exemption Program (MULTE). It is available to developments complying with the city's Inclusionary Housing Program, which requires 99 years of affordability.

The approvals include: two units affordable to households earning more than 60 percent of the area median family income (MFI) in Division Two, 3249 S.E. Division St.; all 30 units affordable to households earning no more than 60 percent of the Median Family Income in the Ellis Apartments, 5603 S.E. Milwaukie Ave.; and one unit affordable to households earning now more than 60 percent of the MFI in the Multnomah Station Apartments, 7654 S.W. 32nd Ave.

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