NCPRD groundbreaking celebrates development of Wichita Park

June 14, 2018

Over 200 neighbors and partners came together on Wednesday, June 13 to break ground on construction of Wichita Park. This 1-acre parcel in the Linwood neighborhood of Milwaukie will be transformed into a neighborhood park that includes a new playground, walking path, water fountains, picnic tables and benches and an open turf area.

The event included a groundbreaking ceremony, BBQ and refreshments and RecMobile games and crafts for kids. Representatives of North Clackamas Parks and Recreation District (NCPRD), Clackamas County Board of Commissioners, the City of Milwaukie, Oregon State Parks, Linwood Neighborhood Association and Lango Hansen Landscape Architects kicked off plans to break ground on this neighborhood park.

The original Wichita Park Master Plan was adopted into the Milwaukie Comprehensive Plan in 1999, and later updated by the Linwood Neighborhood Association and passed by the Milwaukie Planning Commission in 2014. The following year NCPRD and the City completed the initial set of construction drawings with detailed cost estimate.

In October 2016, NCPRD and the City were awarded a $265,000 grant from the State of Oregon’s Land and Water Conservation Fund to cover roughly half of the cost to develop the Park. The remaining amount was allocated from NCPRD capital improvement funds and a grant from the Linwood Neighborhood District Association.

Construction on Wichita Park is scheduled to be completed by the end of the year.

For more information, visit the Wichita park project page.