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Mill Park Project

Parks
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Help shape the future of Mill Park.
Expected opening in summer 2024
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Project Updates

Want to be added to our project list for future updates? Email Maija Spencer at maija.spencer@portlandoregon.gov


Overview

Mill Park is a 5.7 acre park located at SE 117th Avenue and Mill Court, next to Mill Park Elementary. It has an informal soft-surface walking trail, open lawn, and mature trees but is otherwise undeveloped. Thanks to funding from System Development Charges, PP&R now has funds to improve this park.

Improvements will be guided by the park’s 2017 Master Plan and may include a playground, splash pad, central lawn and sports field, gathering area, picnic shelter and tables, community garden, paved pathways, public art, and other park amenities. Through a Project Advisory Committee and Community Gathering events, the community will help guide the refinement of the park's design. 

View the preferred design for Mill Park from the 2017 Master Plan and the full combined Mill and Midland Park Master Plans.

Project Background

In November 2014, Portland City Council designated $300,000 from 2014’s fall supplemental budget for new master plans for eastside parks. In April 2015, PP&R, the East Portland Parks Committee and Commissioner Amanda Fritz engaged the community in a public outreach process to determine which sites should be prioritized as part of the eastside park master planning process. Based on that process and PP&R staff input, Commissioner Fritz chose to fund a master plan for Mill Park and Midland Park, in a concurrent process, as requested by the Mill Park Neighborhood Association and given the close proximity of the two parks. 

The community was a key partner with Portland Parks & Recreation during the Mill and Midland Master Plan process. The community's ideas and feedback gathered over a year-long process were used to create a master plan for what these two parks will become when they are fully built. The master plan identified the primary uses and features and began to arrange these features within the park space, resulting in a preferred design supported by the community. The combined Mill and Midland Park Master Plans were completed in 2017 and approved by City Council on November 8, 2017 at a Council meeting held at David Douglas High School. 

An illustrated rendering of the preferred design plan for Mill Park.

Project Schedule

Spring 2021 - Advisory committee recruitment and project set-up

Summer 2021 - Winter 2021/22 - Community engagement and design development 

  • Community Gathering 1 - August 3, 2021

Spring 2022 - Spring 2023 - Construction documents, bidding, and permitting 

Spring 2023 - Spring 2024 - Construction

Summer 2024 - Opening celebration 


Project Advisory Committee Members

Amy Schutzer, Andrew Long, Anne Downing, Audrey Anderson, Ayan Salat, Barbie Tew, Erin Zollenkopf, Francis Khampi, Heather Craig, Jasmine Anderson, Juanita Villalobos, Kari Koch, Mohammad Kahlid, Nang Piang, Pyae Sone Aung, Trevor Hopper.

Project Advisory Committee Meetings

Meeting 2 - July 26, 2021

Meeting 1 - May 25, 2021

Location

Mill Park

Park
Park Location or Entrance
SE 117th Avenue and Mill Court
Portland, OR 97216

Contact

Maija Spencer

Senior Community Engagement Coordinator

Neighborhood