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View Property Turns to Public Use

6/10/2015, 12:26 p.m.
Portland Parks & Recreation has purchased a nearly three acre parcel of vacant land with views of the West Hills ...
Three acres of vacant land with views of the West Hills and the Willamette River has been purchased by the city of Portland for use as a public park. The parcel is located on a bluff in the Cathedral Park neighborhood of north Portland.

Portland Parks & Recreation has purchased a nearly three acre parcel of vacant land with views of the West Hills and the Willamette River for use as a public park in the Cathedral Park neighborhood of north Portland. The land also contains two heritage trees, both Oregon white oaks (Quercus garryana).

Previously known as the North Crawford Street and Polk Avenue property, the site was purchased from Open Meadow, an alternative high school which has since moved. It will be opened to the public, and provide access to 477 households not currently served by another park within a half mile, parks officials announced Tuesday.

The City Council approved the $880,000 purchase and the deal was completed on May 29. Parks System Development Charges, the one-time fees assessed on new development, will cover the costs.

The property is now open for public use for picnics, reading, relaxing and other passive activities. A process for formally naming the park will take place once the site has a Master Plan, officials said.

“The St. John’s Community has experienced considerable residential growth over the past few years,” notes Portland Parks Commissioner Amanda Fritz. “The opportunity to purchase the N Crawford St and N Polk Ave property with Parks System Development Charge revenue provided a way to increase the parkland in the area to help mitigate the impact of that growth.”