Clackamas County celebrated the opening of a new one-acre park in unincorporated north Clackamas County on Tuesday, October 9. Hawthorne Park, which unofficially opened to the public in late September, is located on King Road between 74th and 77th avenues in the North Clackamas Revitalization Area (NCRA) urban renewal district.
More than 30 people, including many children, joined County Commissioners Jim Bernard and Paul Savas for refreshments, games for children and a ribbon-cutting. Representatives from the agencies that worked together on the project -- the Clackamas County Development Agency, the North Clackamas Parks & Recreation District, Metro and the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department -- also attended.
The design and construction of the new park was paid for by grants from the Metro Nature-in-Neighborhoods program and the Oregon Parks Local Government Grant program, and funds from the Clackamas County Development Agency.
An advisory committee of local residents and community representatives provided input on the purpose and form of the park, as well as safety and security, and accessibility to the adjacent Hawthorne Park housing development.
The park was designed to enhance the sense of nature for residents, and to balance active recreation space with natural areas. It includes a dry creek bed, play logs and boulders, native plants, walkways, benches and picnic tables, and an old-fashioned water pump.
New park land was a top priority of area residents when the NCRA was created in 2006, along with sanitary sewer installation and road improvements,. Sewer installation throughout the area was completed earlier this year and planning for road improvements has begun.
Photo Attachment: People enjoying Hawthorne Park on opening day.