Construction has started on a project in planning for several years
Construction has finally begun on the Boring Station Trailhead Park.
But before the first backhoe entered the barren ground and began to take the blackberries and trees down on the berm at the west edge of the park, much work already had been accomplished.
A number of fundraisers and work parties had occurred; additional land had been purchased; and the design phase, which began in earnest in the summer of 2008, had been completed.
Last week's work was the first major construction activity toward fulfilling a dream held by many Boring residents.
According to Clackamas County Parks Project Manager Jeroen Kok, construction activity on phase 1 should increase during the good-weather weeks ahead, until Boring residents and visitors notice the park begin to take shape.
The work is being done by Paul Brothers, a Boring landscape construction firm, with a contract of more than $670,000 that the Clackamas County Board of Commissioners approved in late August.
'That was exciting to see,' Kok said. 'Not only was (Paul Brothers) the low bidder, but also it is a local company.'
Eventually, the park will include the following elements: a restroom building; paving, including the 12-foot-wide Springwater Corridor Trail running through the site; convenience items such as bicycle racks, trash receptacles, signs and benches; irrigation, grass and trees; parking for 30 vehicles; and a community circle, featuring a living holiday tree and memorial pavers, donated by the community.
Completion of phase 1 is expected by mid-December, assuming weather conditions cooperate, Kok said.
Clackamas County Parks has been working closely with the Friends of Boring Station Trailhead Park to see the goal of a completed park accomplished.
The Friends group is still accepting donations to complete the park. The group will invite volunteers to assist with plantings after Paul Brothers has completed its work, which does not include some of the elements on the site's master plan for future development.
'This has been a great partnership between the county and the Friends of Boring Station Trailhead Park,' said Kok.
Costs of the park project are being paid through funding from the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, Metro 2006 Natural Areas bond measure, Clackamas County parks and volunteer donations - particularly donations for inscriptions on the pavers that will be placed in a community gathering area of the park.
'Partnerships, community support, and countless hours of effort and hard work have brought the vision (of a park in Boring) to reality,' said Dan O'Dell, a board member of the Friends of Boring Station Trailhead Park. 'We are excited that a local contractor has been awarded the contract, and are ecstatic that construction on the park is now beginning.'
Information about the project is available by visiting boringstation.com or calling Kok at 503-742-4421.