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Lengthy upgrades at Inner Southeast's Creston Park have finally been completed -- or nearly so

DAVID F. ASHTON - August Greenfield was among the first to try out Creston Parks new play area - here, he got a push on a spinner from his dad, Ian. Residents in the area of Creston Park have patiently waited years for promised improvements to take place in their ageing play area, just west of Creston School. Those upgrades were included as the 47th of 52 Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) Parks Replacement Bond projects in the bond measure passed in 2014.

"PP&R is happy to announce that the improvements at Creston Park are complete, and the playground is now open to all visitors," announced the Bureau's spokesperson, Mark Ross, in late October. "The project includes a rubberized play surface, a new ADA-accessible park drinking fountain, ADA-accessible park benches, and an ADA-accessible pathway."

When THE BEE visited the park, however, we noticed construction fences still cordoned off part of the playground – a small "hill", with climbing features and slide. "The rubber bumps [for this feature] are on back-order, and need to be installed when they arrive," Ross explained to THE BEE, adding, "we expect it to be completed, probably in November."

Residents of the nearly 3,000 homes are within Creston Park's service area will then be fully able to enjoy the park upgrades, funded by $1.1M from the Parks Replacement Bond fund – of which approximately $950,000 is from Park SDCs (one-time fees from construction), and $290,000 came from the PP&R ADA Transition Plan Program.

"A community celebration will not be held at this time, due to public health guidelines on large gatherings," Ross said.


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