Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) recently created a Berrydale Park Skatepark Project page, featuring information about the proposed new amenities and a tentative schedule for community involvement with the planning process. The first community engagement meeting will occur this summer and is the best opportunity for residents to shape this development.
Funding for the new skatepark will come from System Development Charges (SDC) and not the City’s general budget, currently in negation. These enhancements are made possible thanks in part to voters approving Measure 26-213 last year. With additional funding, the park may gain improved pathways, updated playground equipment, and new site furnishings. Those furnishings could include lighting, drinking fountains, benches, trash cans, and signage.
When announced last month, there was substantial community interest in this project. PP&R quickly mobilized a Community Engagement Coordinator to lead this part of the development and start the outreach process. Below is the rough schedule for project milestones, of which the first four involve public communication. For the firm date of this summer’s listening session, keep an eye on the Berrydale Park Skatepark Project page and make time to express your vision for the park’s future.
- Community Meeting 1 (Summer 2021) – Primarily a listening session. What’s important to the community?
- Community Meeting 2 (Fall 2021) – Present skate park and park improvement design options based on what we heard in the first meeting.
- Community Meeting 3 – (Winter 2022) – Refinements to designs we heard during meeting #2. We aim to cultivate community support.
- Community Meeting 4 (TBD) – (If necessary)
- Conceptual Design and Analysis – August 2021 to January 2022
- Construction Documentation – February 2022 to June 2022
- Permitting and Bidding – July 2022 to July 2023
- Construction – July 2023 to April 2024
- Grand Opening – Summer 2024