During the 2013 Master Plan process, the Laurelwood Park community chose a design concept centered around a new plaza anchored along SE Holgate Boulevard. Pathways extend from the plaza to provide connections to Foster Road and the adjacent property to the east. This arrangement creates two lawn areas and individual planting areas, and a location designated as an area for an art installation. An arbor is located on the south side of the plaza that will act as both a shelter and a community icon. Seat walls extend along the Holgate Boulevard and Foster Road frontage to provide seating and provide protection from the busy roadways. The seat wall continues around an outdoor plaza to provide fixed seating and a feature to designate various use areas within the park.
Laurelwood Park Master Plan
The park is nearly complete! The majority of landscape went in this week and will be finalized the week of September 20. Concrete walks along both Foster and Holgate are complete. Site furnishings are currently being installed.
Construction at Laurelwood Park is moving along. The seat wall (around the perimeter of the park) and semi-circle arbor (surrounding the plaza) are underway, and looking great! If all continues as expected, we remain on track for a fall 2021 opening.
Construction at Laurelwood Park will be starting in February with completion anticipated in fall 2021. We are excited to see the vision that was captured as part of the master planning process come to life soon. Construction activities on the site will be starting this February and we look forward to a grand opening celebration upon completion. Thank you for your patience. Getting this project to this point has taken longer than anticipated under current circumstances. However, we feel it will be well worth the wait.
Permits have been secured for the project and we are entering into the bid process. If all goes as planned, we are hopeful to break ground in early 2021.
Arborists will be on site on Monday, January 27, 2020, completing root investigations to better inform the new park design, with the intent of saving existing trees. Any trees that are considered a hazard (dead, dying, or dangerous) per Urban Forestry and project arborist standards will require removal ahead of the park redevelopment. Any hazardous tree removal will likely occur in late January-early February 2020. Per Urban Forestry standards, any tree removal will be replaced by an appropriate tree during the park redevelopment.
In June of 2019, Portland Parks & Recreation Commissioner in charge, Nick Fish, allocated $1.4 million from System Development Charges (SDC) to make the master plan a reality.
Portland Parks & Recreation hosted a Laurelwood Park Renovation Project Open House on June 24, 2019.