by: DAVID F. ASHTON - Foster Green EcoDistrict Co-Chair Ryan Givens invites participating in the re-visioning of Laurelwood Park.Since it was acquired, as a 0.42-acre space in 1923, Laurelwood Park – squeezed in the triangle formed by S.E. Holgate Boulevard, 64th Avenue, and Foster Road – has remained relatively unchanged.

But, neighbors in the area want to change that – one of whom is Ryan Givens, Co-Chair of the Foster Green EcoDistrict Steering Committee.

At the committee’s second meeting on the topic, on February 20, held just up the street from the park at Bar Carlo on S.E. Foster Road, Givens spoke with THE BEE before he brought the meeting to order.

“We’re engaging the community to see what they’d like to see in the park. The park has so much potential to be a catalyst for the redevelopment everything that’s going on in the area,” Givens explained. “Our group has decided to engage the public, to come up with a Master Plan process for improving the park.”

The fifteen people in attendance talked about what they’d like to see done to update this “tiny gem” of a park, in order to make it more useful and functional for the surrounding residents.

The park is largely unchanged from its inception in the 1920s, and the Foster Green EcoDistrict Steering Committee (an organization of neighborhood groups) is holding a conversation about what the future might hold. The community workshop will share what potential futures there might be for the park.

Questions being considered include:

· Will it become a protected enclave from the business bustle of Foster and Holgate?

· Can the space be organized to serve more people in more ways?

· Can it be a place to celebrate art and history?

· Or&will the neighbors opt to just leave it alone?

Now, through March 15, interested people are urged to take an online survey, to let their preferences be known. The online survey can be taken here:

The Foster Green EcoDistrict – collaborating with the City of Portland Bureau of Parks and Recreation, the Mt Scott-Arleta Neighborhood Association, and the Foster Powell Neighborhood Association – has hopes of getting the City to formally adopt their final plan.

For more information on the organization itself, go online to:

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