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Gabriel Park will receive ADA improvements, a sewer improvement project is slated in Hillsdale and Multnomah

Gabriel Park to get ADA improvements

Portland Parks and Recreation recently announced that Gabriel Park, which is located at Southwest 45th Avenue and Southwest Vermont Street, will become an inclusive playground.

That means the park will exceed ADA standards and "provide a rich play experience, addressing physical, sensory and social needs of all children and their caregivers, and is designed with universal accessibility in mind, accommodating everyone and challenging them at their own developmental level," according to a City press release.

The project will include the construction of a new playground, pathway and parking improvements and is projected to be completed in 2020. Funding for the $4.2 million project will come from the 2014 Parks Replacement Bond and Parks System Development charges

"Gabriel Park is a regional park that includes parking and public transportation options so that children and families of all abilities are able to access the playground features," Portland City Commissioner Amanda Fritz said in a press release. "This project will create a greater number of inclusive playground elements, more space to play and a fun environment that meets a wider range of needs and abilities. I'm looking forward to seeing more children enjoying our parks as a result of the innovative vision for this project."

Currently, 4,982 children in Portland have reported having a disability, according to the U.S Census Bureau, and 5.3 percent of people between the ages of 5 and 15 have a disability, according to Oregon's 2016 Disability Status Report.

"We are committed to creating and embracing play areas which connect a greater number of people to self, to the outdoors, and to each other," Portland Parks and Recreation Interim Director Kia Selley said in a press release. "It is rewarding to begin work on such a tremendous opportunity. The new, inclusive play area at Gabriel Park will help achieve PP&R's goals of expanding the capacity of the playground system and creating an inclusive, 'destination' playground in more parts of the city to meet the needs of a growing Portland."

Sewer improvement project planned

City of Portland Environmental Services is preparing a project to replace 30,000 feet of public sewer pipes in Hillsdale and Multnomah that are 80 years old on average, according to a City of Portland press release.

"The project will include the installation of manholes and storm drain inlets, repairing existing manholes and drain inlets, and replacing public sewer connections from the main line in the street to the curb," according to the press release.

Design work for the project will continue through 2018, with construction scheduled to begin in 2019.

For more information about the project, contact environmental services staff member Benjamin McLean at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 503-975-7073.

Hillsdale book sale set for July 22

The annual Hillsdale Book Sale will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, July 22 at the Watershed Building on Southwest Capitol Highway and Bertha Court.

Proceeds from the sale go to the Hilldale Community Foundation, which donates to community and school projects.

The primary dropoff dates for the sale will be between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. July 8 and July 15 at the Hillsdale Farmer's Market. Don't donate textbooks, almanacs, encyclopedias, catalogs, magazines and other books that aren't able to be sold.

For questions, email Rick Seifert at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

— Southwest Community Connection

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