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Planning for Parks

  • Council Work Plan 2021: Parks and Recreation

    A parks system with recreational opportunities for all is a key community priority. 

    The City Council is recruiting residents for a Parks and Recreation Community Advisory Group to shape the future of Gresham’s parks and recreation. All voices welcome; apply by July 9.   

    Read about the Council Work Plan project.

    Gresham parks community survey

    More than 880 people voted on the access to nature projects they'd like to see funded with Gresham's $5.4 million share of Metro's parks and nature bond. Next steps:

    Shaull property 

    The Shaull property is a 7.9 acre property with wetlands and trees next to Southwest Community Park. The City is pursuing purchasing the property to protect the natural areas and provide greater access to the park.  The purchase of the Shaull property received the most votes in the recent community survey.  

  • Next Steps

    The City signed a purchase and sale agreement for the Shaull property on June 15. A fall closing is possible, subject to due diligence. 

    Steps to finalize the purchase include: 

    • An environmental site assessment. 
    • An appraisal.  
    • City Manager approval of the terms of the purchase and sale agreement. 
    • Formal approval from Metro to use the bond funding for the purchase.  
    • Finalize the purchase by Sept. 15. Given the conditions of the site, the City may extend the closing date to Nov. 1, if necessary.  

    City staff provided a report on the condition of the property. Read the property report.  

    The City will update the public on the status of the purchase of the Shaull property on or around July 30.  


    The agreement outlines a purchase price of $2.5 million, with an additional $175,000 to cover full demolition of all structures on site. Plus, various other expenses including site cleanup and environmental consulting.  

    • The City will request the use of Gresham’s portion of “Local Share” funds from Metro’s parks Nature Bond. Metro is reviewing the City’s application for these funds.  
    • $200,000 will come from our partners at the East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District.  
  • Designing for undeveloped parks

    In 2019, the City worked with the community to identify potential recreation improvements for six undeveloped parks.  

    • Gresham Parks Concept Plan Report
    • Project Background
    Project Background

    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.

    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.

    Based on analysis of the unique existing conditions and feedback on the zones diagram during public engagement meetings, the following concept plans were developed:

      More about the parks

    • Contact

      For more information about this project, or to receive project updates by email, contact Tina Osterink, Natural Resources Planner, Urban Design and Planning, at 503-618-2392 or