Milwaukie Bay Park Final Design

We’ve updated the design to complete Milwaukie Bay Park! Thank you to over 1,300 community members who participated in the process from August 2018 through April 2019 as we updated the plans for final improvements. We heard feedback on key elements, including a children’s play area, water feature, art and social gathering areas. Your preferences and feedback informed the creation of three alternative park designs — and then the Final Design.

Now it’s time to fund and build the final phase of the site — including places at the park for people to gather, play, and enjoy nature. The Milwaukie Bay Park Project was recently awarded a grant of $750,000 by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) through the Local Government Grant Program. The awarded funds will go toward supporting a nature play area, extensive pathways, entry plaza, picnic terrace, restrooms, redwood tree preservation, water supply, and storm sewer. NCPRD is working closely with City of Milwaukie and other local, regional and state partners to fully fund and successfully complete this long-envisioned district-wide park.

See the Final Design (plan view).

See the landscape architect’s renderings (scroll through).



In 2021,  NCPRD will be teaming up with our Studio design team and a construction contractor to refine the design and prepare construction documents. Construction is planned to begin in 2022 pending completion of all permits, approvals, and construction and funding agreements.


Milwaukie Bay Park is a scenic park property near downtown Milwaukie along the Willamette River. It is located just off McLoughlin Boulevard between Kellogg Creek to the south and Johnson Creek to the north. In addition to the river, the creeks, and a burgeoning downtown, there are several local parks and natural areas nearby and significant local and regional transportation connections such as the Trolley Trail, bike and pedestrian routes, MAX light rail, TriMet bus transit, and Oregon 99E.

Developing the final design for the park site is a joint effort between the City of Milwaukie and the North Clackamas Parks and Recreation District. The final planned improvements, which will create new amenities and recreational opportunities, were revised and updated following a robust public engagement process — with anticipated construction in 2022.

While the full park property is over seven acres, the Milwaukie Bay Park final design process focused specifically on the approximately 3.6-acre grassy area between McLoughlin/OR99E and the riverside path in the park.



A plan for the Park was adopted in 2010 by the City of Milwaukie, serving as the foundation for many agencies, community partners, and local citizens to participate in shaping improvements over the years. Many elements of that plan were completed by the City over the past decade, including the Klein Point Overlook, new boat launch and landing, auto and boat trailer parking, restroom facilities, temporary Trolley Trail connection, a riverside path, river bank stabilization and plantings, plantings, an improved access bridge over Kellogg Creek, and a river bank repair project with new pedestrian access.

Now in the final phase, this design effort revisited the plan adopted in 2010 to update elements that were not completed in previous phases, integrating these in a final design that meets today’s needs for the City, the District and the people they serve. Considerations included preserving the redwood tree, having the planned water feature be interactive, and geese mitigation — to name a few.



If you have questions or comments, please contact:

Heather Koch
NCPRD Project Manager
(503) 742-4354