Commissioner Dan Ryan Allocates Funding for Berrydale Park Improvements to Move Forward

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New skatepark, playground, pathways, and lighting coming soon
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(Portland, OR) –

Major improvements are moving forward at Southeast Portland’s Berrydale Park. Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) will transform the popular neighborhood gathering space, with construction starting later this year. The improvements include:

  • A new playground 
  • A new skatepark 
  • New, accessible park pathways, tables, and frontage improvements 
  • New park lighting
  • Site furnishings
  • Landscaping
Berrydale Park in April 2024. Thanks to Commissioner Ryan allocating development funding (not General Fund tax dollars), the park is undergoing major improvements soon.
Berrydale Park in April 2024. Thanks to Commissioner Ryan allocating development funding (not General Fund tax dollars), the park is undergoing major improvements soon.

Vibrant Communities Commissioner Dan Ryan has allocated an additional $1 million in System Development Charge (SDC) funding to Berrydale Park, bringing the total development charge funding to $4 million out of a total project budget of $4,775,000.Park SDCs are one-time fees assessed on new development. They are not General Fund tax dollars. SDCs help ensure that, as the city’s population grows, its quality of life keeps pace with its infrastructure needs. SDC funds may only be used to improve and expand park features and capacity. 

“It will be tremendously gratifying when the park transforms from an outdated play structure and a site with nopark paths into a neighborhood gem,” says Commissioner Ryan. “The community made it clear that providing accessible pathways would allow more people to enjoy the park.”

The project is supplemented in part by PP&R major maintenance dollars and $650,000 in park ADA improvement funds. PP&R will provide new ADA pathways throughout the park, replace park picnic tables to meet accessibility standards, and is partnering with the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) on frontage improvements to significantly increase access to and within the park. This work is made possible by a Local Improvement District, or LID. This designation allows the City to provide new sidewalks, replace old curbs with new ones that have ramps, and improve stormwater drainage along SE 89th Ave., SE Taylor St., and SE 92nd Ave.

“The Berrydale Park project will bring neighbors together with a new skatepark, new park lighting, and a new playground,” says PP&R Director Adena Long. “I can’t wait to see this transformation and extend our thanks to the PP&R project team, to neighbors, and our partners at PBOT.”
 

Portland Parks & Recreation expects construction to begin in fall 2024 and to be completed in fall 2025.

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