Thanks to a new program focused on improving eastside parks, Parkland Park in outer Portland has a new look.

The park, located east of Southeast 148th Avenue and off Southeast Main Street, now boasts new play equipment that replaced a tire swing, six new swings, fresh paint on the existing play equipment that also received a new slide, plus benches and a drinking fountain.

Improvements are part of E205, a city of Portland initiative to improve Portland parks and recreation facilities east of Interstate 205, 'which does not have the rich tradition of parks and recreation places seen elsewhere in the Rose City,' according to a city of Portland press release.

Last month, crews completed work in Parkland Park and this month they finished up at West Powellhurst Park, located west of Southeast 122nd Avenue between Division Street and Powell Boulevard. Powellhurst now has new benches and fresh wood chips on the path.

This winter, Portland parks and recreation officials will attend neighborhood association meetings to discuss possible improvements at Glenfair Park, east of Northeast 148th Avenue between Glisan and East Burnside streets, and Lynchwood Park, south of Division between 162nd and 182nd avenues.

For details, call 503-823-5300 or visit

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