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A feature planned for Westmorealnd Park's lengthy renovation gets its construction started in May

ILLUSTRATION COURTESY OF PP&R - Before the summer is over, people visiting Westmoreland Park will be able to cross Crystal Spring Creek inside the park, via this new footbridge.After visitors started bypassing the barricades closing off the rickety wooden footbridge inside Westmoreland Park, once located just off the northern tip of the nature-based play area, Portland Parks & Recreation removed that crossing over Crystal Spring Creek altogether, back in 2018.

"PP&R will begin building a new bridge in May at that same location, as part of the Westmoreland Park Master Plan," revealed Barbara Hart, one of the Bureau's Community Engagement staff members.

The new pedestrian crossing will be safer and more accessible for park visitors. And, it's designed with a longer bridge span to improve habitat conditions and contribute to stream restoration efforts.

"The new bridge features low maintenance long-lasting materials, and will reflect other design elements in the park," Hart told THE BEE in mid-April.

The first work that visitors will see is wire fencing will surround the construction area of the project, which is slated to open this summer. Behind it, the bridge footings will be installed and the access path will be repaired, prior work beginning on the new bridge itself.

Funding for this project comes from the Parks & Recreation Capital Renovation Program.

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