September 22, 2010

On Thursday, Sept. 23 the Portland Development Commission and Portland Bureau of Parks and Recreation will host the second of three public meetings for community members to gather information and provide feedback on the development of a new three-acre park and one-acre redevelopment site in the Gateway neighborhood. The meeting will be held from 6 – 8 p.m. at the East Portland Community Center, 740 SE 106th Avenue.

“Our first meeting was very well attended and having so many neighbors come to an open house really speaks to the high level of community interest in this project,” said PDC Project Manager Justin Douglas. “Our goal with this second meeting is for the community to review the design alternatives and provide input to inform the final design.”

The agenda for the public meeting includes:

  • 6:00 – 6:15 Welcome
  • 6:15 – 7:00 Project team presentation of design alternatives
  • 7:00 – 8:00 Community review and comment on design alternatives

Representatives from PDC, Portland Parks and Recreation and the design team, led by Mayer/Reed Landscape Architects, will be on hand to present project details, answer questions and collect feedback.

Next Steps
A third and final open house will be held in mid-November to review the final design with the community. When complete, the park will be the first in the Gateway neighborhood and the redevelopment site will help revitalize the Halsey/Weidler commercial corridor.

Site History
The future redevelopment and park site has, at various times over the years, been a restaurant, a bingo hall, a drycleaner and a bowling alley. The site is currently designated as a brownfield. A contractor hired by PDC has been working to remove contaminated soil and replace it with clean soil. PDC received a $200,000 Brownfields Clean-Up Grant from the Environmental Protection Agency to help pay for the site cleanup. Once the soil replacement work is done, PDC will work to obtain a No Further Action determination by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, which basically gives the site a clean bill of health.

For more information on the project and to view the complete open house schedule, visit: http://www.pdc.us/ura/gateway/project-areas/neighborhood-park.asp