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Plant sale helps develop Ardenwald's Balfour Park

DAVID F. ASHTON - Even in the rain, people came to shop at the Ardenwald/Johnson Creek Neighborhood plant sale, held in the yard of Balfour Park Committee Chair Lisa Gunion-Rinker (at right, in raincoat).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 Metro’s voter-approved 2006 natural-areas bond measure,” reminded park Committee Chair Lisa Gunion-Rinker, while attending to the neighborhood’s annual spring plant sale, held in her expansive back yard on May 15.

In 2015, the park’s Master Plan was vetted by the neighborhood and city entities, and it was approved, Gunion-Rinker said. “Now, we’re 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, we’ve 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