We are creating a new Errol Heights Park.
We have begun work to refresh the vision and Master Plan for Errol Heights Park in Southeast Portland. The concept design for this 16-acre park is still in development, with plans to protect and restore the lower natural wetland and riparian areas, improve and expand existing trails for ADA access, and develop the upper plateau land for play areas, picnics and gardening. Last spring, Commissioner Amanda Fritz appointed a Community Advisory Committee to update the 2005 Master Plan, set community-supported priorities for the construction of park improvements and engage the broader community in the public process. Portland Parks & Recreation has contracted with Mayer|Reed to work with the committee on developing a recommended proposal for park programming and a design schematic for the new park.
Portland Parks & Recreation is coordinating with neighborhood street and stormwater improvement projects led by the Portland Bureau of Transportation and the Bureau of Environmental Services. We are also working with representatives from the Errol Heights Community Garden to plan for and construct a new home for the Errol Heights Community Garden within the developed park area.
The $12 million for the new park come from System Development Charges for Parks, Trails, and Natural Areas. In early August 2018, Commissioner Fritz announced additional funding for Errol Heights Park, from $5.3 million to $12 million, to allow a full build out for the updated Master Plan for the natural and developed areas of the park rather than a phased-approach. The additional funding will also allow Portland Parks & Recreation to design a more inclusive play area.
1,477 households are within a half-mile walking distance of Errol Heights Park, located at SE 52nd Avenue and Tenino Street, in the Brentwood-Darlington neighborhood. The park borders the Woodstock neighborhood along its SE 45th Avenue edge, and Ardenwald Johnson Creek neighborhood to the south.
Current Project Schedule
- Land Use Permitting: Complete
- Construction Drawings complete: Complete
- Building Permits: June 2021 - October 2021
- Advertise and Award Construction Contract: October 2021 - January 2022
- Park Construction: Winter 2021/22- Spring 2023
After delays due to COVID-19 restrictions and permitting, Portland Parks and Recreation and the design team are getting ready for construction. The newly reimagined 16-acre park includes restored natural areas, wildlife viewing spots, better ADA access on trails, and new play and picnic areas. Construction kicks off in winter 2021-2022.
What you can expect during construction:
You may notice that signs are already posted at the park. Here are some additional things to expect during construction.
Limited access. The park will close to the public during construction, but the community garden will remain open.
Tree removal. Our arborists will assess every tree in the park and some trees will be removed that are invasive or need to be removed to complete park renovations. All tree removal will be intentional, with the goal of avoiding the disruption of wildlife habitat as much as possible.
Noise. Some noise is expected. You may see and hear trucks bringing material in and out of the park, and motorized equipment during construction.
Trash removal. From old tires to entire cars, who knows what we may find! Check out our website for updates on unusual or exciting discoveries.
The building permit process is expected to be complete in the next month. Construction contracts are expected to be awarded by June 2021, and construction remains on track to begin in July 2021.
Project Manager George Lozovoy will be meeting with Errol Heights Community Gardeners before construction gets underway (meeting date TBA). The Errol Heights Community Garden will remain open and available to gardeners during construction.
May 2020 - Temporary Trail Closures
Expect to see crews in the park using motorized equipment to cut and remove invasive plants and brush from May 4, through May 26. This and other site restoration work will result in temporary trail closures (signs will be in place when trails are closed). Please use caution throughout the park as crews will be moving between multiple work areas.
The project team has submitted the required land use application for Errol Heights Park. Bureau of Developmental Services Land Use has sent a notice to neighborhood associations and residents within 100’ of the park property.
May 2019 - Temporary Trail Closures
Expect to see motorized geotechnical boring and excavation equipment in the park on May 14, 15, 21, and 22. This work will result in a temporary trail closures (signs will be in place when trails are closed) and temporary disturbance of the ground. Please use caution throughout the park as equipment will be moving between several different designated work areas.
At an exciting second open house for Errol Heights Park, the public was invited to learn about the project and share their input on the proposed final park design. The event featured refreshments, children's activities, and opportunities to chat with PP&R and design team staff. Click here to read a summary of December 2018 Open House and Online Survey.
At the last Community Advisory Group Meeting on October 10, 2018, members reviewed two schematic design options and provided input on which ideas worked best for desired programming and habitat considerations. Now, the design team is refining the design based on their feedback and plans to present a final recommended schematic design to the CAC on November 14. Outcomes of that meeting will be presented to the public at the upcoming open house on Saturday, December 1, 2018, 10:00am to 1:00pm at Lane Middle School.
The first community open house was a great success! Thanks to everyone who made it out and weighed in. We had over one hundred people attend the in-person event on September 8, at Errol Heights Park and over 350 people complete the online survey that was available throughout the month of September. Community members and neighbors weighed in on how they currently use the park and what they hope to do there in the future. A full summary of that outreach is available here.
Community Engagement Summary
In spring 2018, City Commissioner Amanda Fritz appointed 13 neighborhood advisors to help guide Portland Parks & Recreation shape the future of this community park and to ensure that it serves people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds. Committee members include park neighbors, parents, gardeners, teachers, natural area explorers and representatives from the Brentwood Darlington Neighborhood Association, Woodstock neighborhood, Johnson Creek Watershed Council, Friends of Errol Heights, and the Errol Heights Community Garden.
The community advisory committee will review and incorporate community input from the September and December open houses and finalize the committee’s recommended design concept for Errol Heights Park. Once the CAC has refined the design concept and park programming, the CAC-recommended proposal will be presented to the director of Portland Parks & Recreation for consideration.
Meeting Summaries and Supporting Documents
- 2005 Errol Heights Park Master Plan
- Errol Heights Park Core Values and Guiding Principles
- Meeting 1: May 23, 2018
- Meeting 2: June 26, 2018
- Meeting 3: July 18, 2018
- Meeting 4: August, 29, 2018
- September 2018 Open House and Online Survey Results
- Meeting 5: October 10, 2018
- Meeting 6: November 14, 2018
- December 2018 Open House and Online Survey Results
- Meeting 7: January 9, 2018
Errol Heights Park Community Advisory Committee (May 2018)
- Brett Bolstad
- Paul Ciri
- Caryn Corwin
- Joshua Freeman
- Anne Hett
- Pamela Hodge
- Karl Lee
- Adrienne Moat
- Gillian Murr
- Erich J Pacheco
- Michael Riley
- Jennon Rugg
- Fon Zhan
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