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City kicks off work on The Fields Park

Construction begins on third of four Pearl District parks
by: Courtesy of PPR A rendering shows The Fields Park that will begin construction Tuesday in the Pearl District.

Portland Parks and Recreation begins work on the city's newest park Tuesday afternoon in the Pearl District when it kicks off construction of The Fields near Northwest 10th Avenue and Overton Street.

The ceremony is from 3 to 4:15 p.m.

The 3.2-acre park will include a children's area, dog park, a one-acre lawn, sitting areas, strolling paths, picnic tables, landscaping and a Portland Loo restroom.

The Fields is in the Hoyt Street Yards portion of the Pearl District Neighborhood Association.

Salem's R and R General Contractors will build the park. The project should be completed by the winter 2013.

Portland Parks Commissioner Nick Fish and Parks and recreation Director Mike Abbaté will speak at the event.

Funding for The Fields park construction came in part from $5.14 million from the Portland Development Commission, and $400,000 from Portland Parks and Recreation system development charges. There is no general fund money for the construction of the Fields park.

It will be the third park outlined in the Portland River District Park System Urban Design Framework Study (January 2001). The study included planning and design concepts for four parks within the urban renewal area between Northwest 10th and 11th avenues beginning at Johnson Street.

The four parks include Jamison Square (completed 2002), Tanner Springs (completed 2005), The Fields, and a potential Riverfront Park.