Plant sale helps develop Ardenwald's Balfour Park
Volunteers for the Ardenwald/Johnson Creek Neighborhood Association are still raising money for the development of Balfour Park, an 4/5-acre undeveloped neighborhood park site at 3103 S.E. Balfour Street. The Ardenwald neighborhood is partly in Portland and partly in Milwaukie.
The City of Milwaukie purchased the land in 2008 with funds from Metros voter-approved 2006 natural-areas bond measure, reminded park Committee Chair Lisa Gunion-Rinker, while attending to the neighborhoods annual spring plant sale, held in her expansive back yard on May 15.
In 2015, the parks Master Plan was vetted by the neighborhood and city entities, and it was approved, Gunion-Rinker said. Now, were ready to move forward. But, unfortunately, the price tag for the amenities of the park is very high – about $350,000 altogether.
Since the land has been purchased, weve been doing fundraising: As with plant sales and garden tours, to raise money for development of the new park, explained Gunion-Rinker. We have raised about $7,500 now. We are hoping to proceed with the Community Garden portion of the park – and we plan to apply for a marching grant when we get to $10,000.
Learn more about the park, or to donate, visit online: www.ardenwald.org/committees/balpk