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Mill Park Project

Construction type
Parks
Project status
In planning

Help shape the future of Mill Park!

Expected opening in summer 2024
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Project Update

Help shape the future of Mill Park by joining the Mill Park Advisory Committee!  Applications are due by Monday, April 12, 2021 at noon. 

The Mill Park Project Advisory Committee (PAC) will provide input to PP&R and the design team in the development of a design for Mill Park. Input and recommendations from the Mill Park PAC will be used to refine the park concepts and final design. Input will also be taken from the broader community at three Community Gathering events.

Park users, nearby neighbors, parents and grandparents, youth, people living with disabilities, gardeners, representatives of culturally-specific organizations or religious institutions, and other community members are encouraged to apply to bring a broad perspective to this process. No experience is necessary.

The committee will advise the project team on:

  • Development of a final park design for the development of Mill Park 
  • Outreach to the broader community for further input and feedback on the design

More information and link to application here: portland.gov/parks/events/2021/3/18/apply-mill-park-advisory-committee

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 
  • Summer 2021 - Winter 2021/22 - Community engagement and design development 
  • Spring 2022 - Spring 2023 - Construction documents, bidding, and permitting 
  • Spring 2023 - Spring 2024 - Construction
  • Summer 2024 - Opening celebration 

Contact

Maija Spencer

Community Engagement Coordinator

Neighborhood