Boones Ferry Park is getting a facelift. To help determine the new look and feel of the existing park along with an undeveloped parcel adjacent, the City of Wilsonville is hosting a community event Tuesday, Sept. 5, at 6 p.m. at Boones Ferry Park.
Located at the end of Boones Ferry Road, the park currently consists of a small playground, open-lawn space with a gazebo, a basketball court and the historic Tauchman House. The City is planning to expand the park by combining the existing 7-acre parcel with a swath of undeveloped land between the train track and Boones Ferry Road and a forested, waterfront 4-acre parcel that used to be a trailer park that the City bought in 2015.
"We are excited to hear community members' ideas on how the city should invest and manage Boones Ferry Park," Parks and Recreation Director Mike McCarty said in a press release.
To help consolidate the community's desires and create an executable plan, the City has hired GreenPlay, LLC, to develop the Boones Ferry Master Plan. As an initial part of the master planning process, GreenPlay and the City are hoping to establish a baseline for what the community would like to see, including amenities and increasing public access to the Willamette River.
Thus far, a survey was mailed to 3,500 households throughout Wilsonville in May and followed by an online survey open to the community in June. Compiled survey results were presented Aug. 2 showing a desire for preserving open spaces and increasing trails, amenities and river access. But McCarty says that there's still time for a lot more public input and discussion.
"We're also mailing out a little postcard to 100 or so houses in proximity of the park," McCarty said, adding that he wants to get feedback from the park's neighbors for the project on the frontside rather than after changes are already being made. "They'll also come back between now and December to get as much public input as possible."
Originally, the Boones Ferry Park Master Plan was billed to be started in 2018. However, since GreenPlay was already contracted to create the Parks and Recreation Master Plan, the City asked GreenPlay what it would cost to just tack on the Boones park project rather than sending it out to bid.
"We thought, 'Well shoot, if we can combine the two we could save a lot of money,'" McCarty said. "Not only are we saving money, we're saving a year of time."
GreenPlay has agreed to take on the Boones' master plan for $40,000, which McCarty said is nearly half the amount it could have been if the project had been sent out to bid. Although the Boones Ferry Park Master Plan will be composed alongside the overall Parks and Recreation Master Plan, McCarty said that they will be two separate documents that will be subject to the City Council's approval separately in 2018.
WHAT: Boones Ferry Park Master Plan kickoff
WHEN: Tuesday, Sept. 5, at 6 p.m
WHERE: Boones Ferry Park, 31240 S.W. Boones Ferry Road