Four Future Parks in Milwaukie

North Clackamas Parks & Recreation District (NCPRD) and the City of Milwaukie invited community members to a series of visioning meetings in 2014 to weigh in on the development of four new parks in Milwaukie. The parks are currently known as Balfour, Bowman-Brae, and Wichita parks and Robert Kronberg Nature Park. While funding to build the parks is not currently available, community input will help shape the concepts for the future parks.

NCPRD contracted with Lango Hansen Landscape Architects, who developed concept plans for each park and assisted with community involvement, information gathering and presentations to the NCPRD District Advisory Board, the NCPRD Board of Directors, and the Milwaukie Parks Advisory Board.  NCPRD and the City of Milwaukie will present the plans to the Milwaukie Planning Commission and City Council in 2015.

The community is invited to review the refined master plans.  Funding for these projects is not available at this time.  Please continue to check this page for updates.

Check out this article in the Clackamas Review.

ABOUT THE PARKS:

BALFOUR PARK is a .8-acre, undeveloped neighborhood park site located in the Ardenwald/Johnson Creek neighborhood at 3103 S.E. Balfour St. in Milwaukie.  The City of Milwaukie purchased the land in 2008 with funds from Metro’s voter-approved 2006 natural areas bond measure. NCPRD and the City hosted two meetings this fall to discuss the park site and develop a final draft master plan. The final draft master plan includes a nature play area, a flexible open lawn, a community garden area, pathways and other neighborhood park elements.  View the final master plan here.

BOWMAN-BRAE PARK is a .69-acre undeveloped neighborhood park located at the intersection of Bowman and Brae streets in Milwaukie. The City purchased the land in 2011 with assistance from Metro’s voter-approved 2006 natural areas bond measure. NCPRD and the City hosted two meetings in late 2014 to discuss the park site and develop a draft master plan.  The master plan includes a small picnic shelter, an accessible play area, picnic tables, a meandering path, and plantings.  View the master plan here.

ROBERT KRONBERG NATURE PARK is an approximately 5 acre park site located between Kellogg Lake and McLoughlin Boulevard, just south of downtown Milwaukie. The property includes land deeded to the City in 1991 by Robert Kronberg and his wife Dena Swanson and land purchased by the City of Milwaukie with funds from Metro’s voter-approved 1995 natural areas bond measure.  Current light rail construction includes a bicycle and pedestrian bridge spanning a portion of the lake and park site.  NCPRD staff and community members have worked together to enhance the natural resources of the property over the past seven years, including reestablishing native trees and removing trash and weeds. The final park master plan includes a multi-use pathway, maintenance access, soft-surface pathways, experiential nodes, and habitat preservation and restoration. View the master plan here.

WICHITA PARK is a 1-acre undeveloped neighborhood park site located in the Linwood neighborhood at 5908 S.E. Monroe Street in Milwaukie. This property currently has an open lawn area with a few trees planted by neighborhood volunteers. The existing master plan for the park includes a play structure, a half-court basketball court, a perimeter path, picnic tables, benches and a disk golf basket. It was adopted into the Milwaukie Comprehensive Plan in 1999. Updates to the Wichita Park Master Plan were made in 2011 by the Linwood Neighborhood Association with assistance from consultants and approved by the Milwaukie Planning Commission in May, 2014. NCPRD and the City completed an initial set of construction drawings and a detailed construction cost estimate in May, 2015. Check out the Wichita master plan on the City of Milwaukie’s website.