After months of gathering resident feedback, Boones Ferry Park master planning consultants Design Concepts revealed three concept designs for community feedback Oct. 26.
Hosted at City Hall, the second Boones Ferry Park master planning workshop was attended by roughly 15 Wilsonville residents, primarily from the Old Town neighborhood where the park is located.
The design drafts detailed three separate, themed designs for the existing 7-acre park along with a swath of undeveloped land between the train track and Boones Ferry Road and a forested, waterfront 4-acre parcel that used to be a trailer park.
Consultants summarized prior workshop feedback along with online survey feedback for the three concept plans: "engage the river," focusing on river access; "historical focus," focusing on preserving the historical elements of the park, including the Tauchman House; and "activated park," focusing on creating many different recreation areas on the river and dry land.
"None of these is the plan and we're not asking you, 'OK, which one of these plans do you want it to be?'" consultant Robby Layton said. "The purpose of tonight is for you to say what you think are good ideas and what ideas don't seem to work for you."
The attendees split into three groups to critique the concept plans, with each group compiling lists of what they did and didn't like about each concept. For Old Town residents that have been following the park's redevelopment since the beginning, several features stood out as ideal, including limiting the number of cars around their homes, maintaining old growth trees and green spaces, creating river access and dog park space.
Attendees drew on the concept maps, slashing parking at the northern end of the park along Boones Ferry Road and highlighting favored features like a community garden and nature play area. Although, Layton cautioned that since feasibility studies haven't been conducted for each of the features on the concept plans, some selected features could be located in different areas in the final design.
The future, yet-to-be-determined alignment of the bike, pedestrian and emergency vehicle access bridge, the French Prairie Bridge, will also have an impact on the park's final design.
"What we're really looking for is your consensus as a group for what makes sense," Layton said. "We will come back in the future with a combined plan with all of the featured that you like.
"You'll have a chance to critique that final plan as well before it goes up for adoption."