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Mill Park Project

Parks
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Mill Park is a 5.7 acre park next to Mill Park Elementary that 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.
A group of community members including Mill Park students, Commissioner Ryan, Director Long, and Principal Heather Craig are holding golden shovels to celebrate the groundbreaking of Mill Park.
Construction starting August 2023, with completion in Fall 2024
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Aerial view of the design for Mill Park showing a big loop path, community garden, many trees, and new park features.
The design for Mill Park includes a playground, fountain, new Portland Community Garden, picnic shelter and tables, chin lone/volleyball court, Portland Loo, fitness area, paved paths including a central promenade, public art, and other park amenities.

Project Updates

August 30, 2023: This week the contractor is beginning tree removals in the park. A total of 42 trees will be removed, but 24 of them are nuisance trees, which generally means they are invasive and/or cause other issues. The good news is the construction at Mill Park will include 74 new trees, as well as many shrubs, ground covers, and a new irrigation system to help them all grow and thrive. 

In mid-September, the demolition of the building at 1949 SE 122nd Avenue will begin.  

Construction on Mill Park began in August 2023. The new park will include a playground, fountain, community garden, picnic shelter and tables, chin lone/volleyball court, Portland Loo (restroom), fitness area, benches, water fountain, paved paths including a central promenade, public arts, and other amenities. 

The entire park will be closed during construction. The school side, including the playground and basketball courts, will remain open. A walking route from SE 122nd Avenue to Mill Park Elementary School will be open in the morning and afternoon on school days with the following schedule:

  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday mornings: 8:30am - 9:30am
  • Wednesday morning (late start): 9:30am - 10:30am 
  • Monday - Friday afternoons: 3:00pm - 4:00pm

View a map of the walking route. 

Construction Schedule
Work begins:   Summer 2023
Completed:     Fall 2024

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


Se planifica que la construcción en el parque Mill comience en la semana del 1 de agosto de 2023. El parque nuevo tendrá espacios para jugar, ejercitarse, reunirse con la comunidad, plantar, ¡y mucho más!

Todo el parque estará cerrado durante la construcción. El lado de la escuela, que incluye el patio de juegos y las canchas de básquetbol, permanecerá abierto. Habrá un camino peatonal abierto desde SE 122nd Avenue hasta Mill Park Elementary School en la mañana y en las tardes los días de escuela. 

Itinerario de construcción
Comienzo del trabajo     Verano de 2023
Finalización                       Otoño de 2024

¿Quiere ser agregado a nuestra lista del proyecto para futuras actualizaciones?  envíe un correo electrónico a Maija Spencer a maija.spencer@portlandoregon.gov


Công tác xây dựng tại Mill Park dự kiến sẽ bắt đầu vào tuần từ ngày 1 tháng 8 năm 2023. Công viên mới sẽ có các không gian để vui chơi, tập thể dục, tụ họp cộng đồng, làm vườn, và nhiều hơn nữa!

Toàn bộ công viên sẽ đóng cửa trong thời gian thi công. Phần công viên ở phía trường học, bao gồm sân chơi và sân bóng rổ, vẫn sẽ mở cửa. Tuyến đường đi bộ từ SE 122nd Avenue đến Trường Tiểu Học Mill Park sẽ được mở vào buổi sáng và buổi chiều vào các ngày học. 

Lịch Trình Thi Công
Khởi công xây dựng vào:     Mùa Hè năm 2023
Hoàn thành vào                    Mùa Thu năm 2024


Mill Park ရှိ ဆောက်လုပ်ရေးကို ဩဂုတ်လ 1 ရက် 2023 ၏ ရက်သတ္တပတ်တွင် စတင်ရန် စီစဉ်ထားသည်။ . ပန်းခြံအသစ်တွင် ကစားရန်၊ အားကစားလုပ်ရန်၊ ရပ်ရွာစုရုံးမှုများ၊ ဥယျာဉ်စိုက်ပျိုးခြင်းနှင့် နောက်ထပ်များစွာအတွက် နေရာများ ပါဝင်ပါမည်။.

ဆောက်လုပ်နေစဉ် ပန်းခြံတစ်ခုလုံးကို ပိတ်ထားပါမည်။. ကစားကွင်းနှင့် ဘတ်စကတ်ဘောကွင်းများ အပါအဝင် ကျောင်းဘက်အခြမ်းကို ဆက်လက်ဖွင့်ထားပါမည်။. SE 122nd Avenue မှ Mill Park Elementary School သို့ ခြေလျင်သွားသည့် လမ်းကြောင်းသည် ကျောင်းဖွင့်ရက်များတွင် မနက်ပိုင်းနှင့် နေ့လယ်ပိုင်းများတွင် ဖွင့်ပါမည်။.

ဆောက်လုပ်မှု အစီအစဉ်

အလုပ်စတင်မှု     နွေရာသီ 2023
ပြီးမြောက်မှု        ဆောင်းရာသီ 2024  


Overview

Mill Park is a 5.7 acre park located at 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.

In the summer of 2021, a portion of the System Development Charge funds for this project were used to purchase the adjacent 22,000 square foot property at 1949 SE 122nd Avenue to create a new park entry from SE 122nd Avenue and increase the total open space provided by the future Mill Park to approximately 6.2 acres. This property has been incorporated into the final design for Mill Park. 

In August 2021, PP&R entered into a temporary lease agreement on a month-to-month basis with Cultivate Initiatives, a nonprofit houseless services provider, to use the space for workforce and community services and storage. Cultivate Initiatives is the operator of Menlo Park Village, one of the Safe Rest Villages, at SE 122nd Avenue and E Burnside Street. The agreement recognized that this use was temporary until PP&R is ready to begin development of the park. In July 2023, Cultivate Initiatives moved to a new, permanent location at 14625 SE Stark Street.  

Improvements were guided by the park’s 2017 Master Plan and will include a playground, splash pad/fountain, central lawn, 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 helped guide the refinement of the park's design. 

View the 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. 


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
  • Community Gathering 2 - November 2021
  • Community Gathering 3 - May 2022 - Give feedback on the final design for the park
  • Spring 2022 - Spring 2023 - Construction documents, bidding, and permitting 
  • Summer 2023 - Fall 2024 - Construction

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 5 - April 26, 2022

Meeting 4 - February 22, 2022

Meeting 3 - November 2, 2021

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 (she, they)

Senior Community Engagement Coordinator

Neighborhood

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