New Park and Trail at Boardman Wetlands
The new park and trail in Jennings Lodge are complete! This 5.8-acre park is part of the Boardman Wetlands and features a nature play area, outdoor educational areas and a scenic boardwalk trail loop. Developed in partnership with Oak Lodge Water Services District, this new park provides recreational activities for all ages, opportunities to connect with nature, and access to observe the diverse ecology of wetland habitats. Still in the process of getting an official name, the new park is now open to the public for all to enjoy.
As much as we’d love to throw a large grand opening event for the community, as we typically would when an exciting new project is complete, due to COVID-19 and social distancing guidelines we’re finding other ways to celebrate with you at this time. Please look forward to an in-person community celebration in the future, when we’re able to safely bring people together. For now, we invite you to explore your newest park!
GET TO KNOW YOUR PARK
Explore your new park and trail, either virtually from your home or by visiting the park in person. If visiting the park, please be sure to practice social distancing and follow NCPRD’s park use guidelines. For everyone’s safety and to slow the spread of COVID-19, the trail is temporarily one way until further notice. Get directions and learn more about the park at Boardman Wetlands.
Get a close-up look at the park and trail at Boardman Wetlands by taking a virtual tour.
Discover the world around you with our scavenger hunt for nature enthusiasts of all ages.
Add some color to your favorite critters with this wetland-inspired coloring sheet for all ages.
ABOUT THE PROJECT
This 5.8-acre nature park and restored wetlands nestled in the heart of Jennings Lodge is the result of a partnership between NCPRD and Oak Lodge Water Services District. Additional financial support through grants came from Metro and Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. The project was developed with community input and supported by many local groups, including Clackamas County, North Clackamas Watersheds Council, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and Oak Grove CPO.
One of the most defining characteristics about the park is the Boardman Creek and floodplain wetlands, which are part of the larger Boardman-Rinearson Watershed Complex and provides habitat for a diverse range of plants and wildlife. The site was once undeveloped land, scarce of wildlife and filled with the invasive reed canary grass. After several years of restoration and planting almost 25,000native plants, it is now home to ducks, geese, beaver and many other aquatic species.
Park Features and Benefits
- 5.8-acre park, including 5 acres of wetland
- Almost a half mile of boardwalks and paths
- Outdoor learning classroom and hands-on education area with wetland access
- Nature play area for children with benches and picnic tables
- Restored creek and wetland with thousands of new native plants, and the removal of invasive species
- Parking lot for visitors
- Sidewalk along Addie Street
- Replaced sanitary sewer line under the wetland
The project delivers a wide range of recreational and educational opportunities, as well as ecosystem enhancements, including:
- Conservation and enhancement of vital green space and wetland habitat in the Oak Lodge area of North Clackamas
- Improvements to wildlife habitat by adding a diverse mix of native vegetation species and improving stream health
- Expansion of wetland public access for nature-based educational opportunities
- Provided recreational opportunities, including access to trails and a playground
- Increased water storage and improve water quality
NCPRD partners with OLWS, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and the North Clackamas Watershed Council to enhance habitat and water quality within the Boardman Watershed. Watershed health impacts not only wildlife habitat but also can impact flooding, human health and have economic benefits. Learn more about the Boardman Wetland.