Community invited to compare and comment on design alternatives for Milwaukie Bay Park at Nov. 15 open house

From: Ellen Rogalin, Clackamas County Department of Transportation & Development, 503-742-4274

Media and Interested Parties

The North Clackamas Parks and Recreation District (NCPRD), in partnership with the city of Milwaukie, invites community members to review and comment on three design alternatives for Milwaukie Bay Park at an open house and workshop on Thursday, Nov. 15. 

The public event is scheduled from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Milwaukie Masonic Lodge at 10636 SE Main St. Attendees can choose which segments of the event they would like to attend, including open house, presentation and/or workshop. Community members can learn more about the project, meet with staff and park designers, and give input on potential design features.

More than 1,000 community members commented last August on possible park elements and improvements. Based on the input, all three design alternatives include natural-style playground and water feature aesthetics, an amphitheater or performance space, art, a picnic area, and opportunities to enjoy views and nature.

Public input is needed on the placement of and relationship between park elements and overarching site characteristics, taking into consideration the site’s steep slopes, flood zone area, natural habitat, and unique proximity to the Willamette River and downtown Milwaukie. 

There are several ways the public can provide feedback on the design alternatives:

  • On Nov. 15, attend any portion of the public meeting 
    • 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. – Drop-in open house
    • 6 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. – Presentation on three alternatives
    • 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. – Small group discussions to give input on the alternatives
  • Nov. 15-23, visit the Milwaukie Bay Park website to explore the alternatives and give feedback.

After the Nov. 15 meeting, designers will develop a final alternative that takes into consideration input from the community, the Steering Advisory Committee and the Technical Advisory Committee. A preferred design will be selected in early 2019 and construction is tentatively planned to begin in 2020.  

For more information and project updates, visit the Milwaukie Bay Park website or contact Heather Koch, NCPRD Project Manager, at 503-742-4354.

About NCPRD: NCPRD is a service district of Clackamas County dedicated to providing exceptional parks and recreation programs, facilities and services. NCPRD serves over 122,000 district residents within the city of Milwaukie, Happy Valley and unincorporated areas of North Clackamas County, including Oak Grove, Jennings Lodge and Sunnyside. The district offers more than 39 parks, 25 natural areas, 13 miles of trails including the six-mile Trolley Trail, Mount Talbert Nature Park and three facilities: Hood View Sports Complex, the North Clackamas Aquatic Park and the Milwaukie Center.