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Planning for Parks

  • Designing for undeveloped parks

    The City Council is exploring ways to expand and improve Gresham’s park system, with plans in the works for Gresham's undeveloped neighborhood and community parks. This is a multi-year Council Work Plan item.

    Parks outreach events flyer

    Gresham has six undeveloped parks that include open space or natural areas with no recreational amenities. Two of the six parks are classified as community parks that serve the entire city and provide recreation for all age groups, from easy picnicking and walking to active sports and play areas.  

    Each undeveloped park has been broken up into different zones. The zones represent areas for specific activities, such as play areas, dog parks or wildlife viewing. The zones help define areas where we want to protect and preserve the natural environment while maximizing opportunities to activate other areas for public use.

    Outreach

    In 2019 staff and a design consultant team worked with the community to identify unique features and a vision for each undeveloped park site. Outreach efforts included:

    • Six on-site outreach meetings
    • Two community park online surveys
    • Four neighborhood park online questionnaires
    • Six Neighborhood Association meetings
    • Eight city-wide outreach events, including two open houses
    • Promotion of outreach events on the City website, social media, utility inserts and City newsletter
    • Engagement with 100 youth

    From these outreach events, we've heard the following:

    • Keep parks safe and green
    • Protect open space and natural areas
    • Desire for context sensitive improvements

    Next steps

    Concept planning

    • Stakeholder meetings: early 2020
    • Open house: spring 2020
    • City Council: summer 2020

    Post concept planning

    • Identify funding
    • Design and build

    More about the parks

  • Additional parks projects and efforts

    The Council Work Plan also includes:

    The City will continue to assess the community’s priorities and explore the idea of a community center, including funding and partnership opportunities.

    Contact

    Tina Osterink, Natural Resources Planner, Urban Design and Planning, 503-618-2392 or Tina.Osterink@GreshamOregon.gov