New park takes shape in Village

by: Jessie Kirk, Neighbors and community leaders gather at Multnomah Village Park to ceremoniously turn dirt as the park's groundbreaking April 9.

The rain stopped just long enough on April 9 for the community to hold a groundbreaking ceremony for Multnomah Village Park.

Community members and representatives from Sam Adams' office and the Portland Department of Transportation gathered at the new park to turn dirt with golden shovels.

'Now we're able to really get started,' said Multomah resident Randy Bonella, who spearheaded the project.

The park will be formed from the green space on either side of Multnomah Boulevard at Southwest Capitol Highway and Garden Home Road. The property is owned by the Portland Department of Transportation, but the neighborhood permission has been given permission to remove invasive species, plant some trees and shrubbery, fix a set of dilapidated stairs and create a walking path.

The busy streets that surround the park keep it from being ideal for children to play, Bonella said, but it will beautify entrance to the Village and create a pedestrian friendly space.

'I'm excited about this project because it's a chance to clean up a neglected right of way,' said Kurt Krueger from PDOT at the ceremony.

With $1,500 from Southwest Neighborhoods, Inc., Southwest Neighborhoods, Inc. $5,000 from the Alliance of Portland Neighborhood Business Associations and more grants pending, there are resources available to make the park a reality.

'We are just delighted that we get to fund something as creative as this,' said Jean Baker of the APNBA.

Bonella encourages neighbors to check the park's Web site frequently for updates and a schedule of work parties.

'We want to get as many of the neighbors out to help as possible,' Randy said. 'We have plenty of work to do.'

Upcoming work parties will be April 21 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., May 3 from 5 to 8 p.m., May 20 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and May 23 from 5 to 8 p.m.

For more information about the park or the work parties, please call Randy Bonella at 503-293-9460 or visit the park's Web site at