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Improvements are underway at Creston Park, alongside S.E. Powell Blvd -- here's what's planned

RITA A. LEONARD - This is Creston Park playground as it was in mid-April, the access to which is at S.E. 45th Avenue at Francis Street. Its upgrade is underway - with ADA and safety enhancements, as well as new play equipment, planned.Despite this time of "social distancing", city crews are still working in parks with funding from construction bonds. In mid-April construction began at Creston Park on a new and more accessible playground. The intent is to repair the playground equipment deemed unsafe, and expand and enhance the play area by adding new equipment for kids of all abilities, and for younger children under the age of 5.

As reported in THE BEE at the time, its design options were aired at a public meeting in May of 2018. Now, two years later, new features planned include some rubberized safety surfacing, a variety of swings and climbing mounds, a 10-foot-tall "geodome", and a natural play area. ADA-accessible features will be installed for picnic tables, park benches, and a new drinking fountain. A new ADA-accessible path will lead from the large parking lot near S.E. 43rd Avenue up to the playground.

A portion of the dog off-leash area may be used for construction staging, and will be fenced off for safety. Most of the off-leash area will remain open for use, although people exhibiting symptoms of any illness should stay at home. Restrooms near the playground and public water fountains will be closed. Other entrances of the park should remain open for use, except for those affected by state limitations concerning the COVID-19 coronavirus.

Construction hours are on weekdays between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m, with the project intended to be complete by the fall. Creston Park should remain open for walking, hiking, biking, running, and other activities which permit maintaining at least six feet of social distancing. It's recommended that visitors wash hands before and after visiting the park. For more information, call Maija Spencer at PP&R, 503/823-5593.

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