Laurelwood Park ‘preferred plan’ revealed

Find out which design neighbors liked the best, and will be recommended to City leaders …

When funding becomes available, a Master Plan for 90-year-old Laurelwood Park will be completed, and the park will be updated.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton
The third and final vision and master plan workshop for improving Laurelwood Park, located at the corner of SE Holgate Boulevard and Foster Road, in the Foster-Powell Neighborhood, convened at Bar Carlo not long ago.

> See our story presenting the background of this City Park,
and their last workshop, held on February 20: CLICK HERE.

Foster Green EcoDistrict Co-Chair Ryan Givens says he’s happy that the Laurelwood Park visioning project has come along well.

Foster Green EcoDistrict’s Ryan Givens said he had been concerned that the warm, sunny weather would dampen participation. But, not to worry, it didn’t take long for folks to start drifting in.

“This is a very ‘grassroots’ neighborhood-level program,” Givens told East Portland News. “In the past two meetings, neighbors suggested ideas for park improvements, then voted among three final alternative plans online.”
The winner, almost 2-to-1, he said was the first alternative. “It’s a more traditional plan for the space.”

Foster Green EcoDistrict Co-Chair Ryan goes over some of the details of the chosen alternative vision for Laurelwood Park with neighbors Jonathan Brandt, Jed Roberts, and Jeff Lynott.

During the workshop, participants made refinements to the chosen alternative, and selected materials they’d like to see incorporated in park.

“Now, we’ll produce a ‘Vision Document’,” Givens summarized. “The EcoDistrict wanted to record the neighborhood’s vision for this park – not get into implementation.  It’s beyond the scope of what we can do is neighbors.”

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