by: SPOKESMAN PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - Driver circulation is now different at Wilsonvilles Memorial Park, part of an $883,000 project completed last month by the city and Jeff Kersey Construction of Canby. Parking at Memorial Park will be a pleasure now that the city has completed a $1 million overhaul of the popular venue’s aging parking lot. Upgrades include new asphalt, curbs and striping, as well as an overall redesign aimed at improving traffic flow.

“The improvements not only benefit visitors to the park, but also the environment by reducing the amount of pollutants that ultimately run-off into the creek and the river,” Kerry Rappold, natural resources manager for the city, said in a release.

The old parking configuration at Memorial Par ran in a north-south direction; now, new lanes with diagonal stalls are situated east to west and additional parking lanes have been placed adjacent to a ball field.

The project also improved surface drainage in order to help avoid the sunken, cracked areas that compromised the old parking lot. Improved lighting, upgraded stormwater treatment and bicycle and pedestrian connections to the rest of the city are some of the other improvements included in the project.

Environmental improvements include the installation of bioswales — drainage courses that remove silt and pollutants from runoff — and landscaping that helps filter pollutants from runoff.

The project was undertaken by Jeff Kersey Construction, Inc. and paid for with Park System Development Charges and with money from the city’s general fund.

Below is a series of photos of the park taken by Josh Kulla.

by: SPOKESMAN PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - Bioswales and other stormwater drainage improvements feature heavily in a recently completed overhaul of the parking area at Wilsonvilles Memorial Park. The project was finished last month.

by: SPOKESMAN PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - Improved parking circulation is a big part of the recent overhaul of Memorial Parks parking area. The $883,000 project was carried out by Jeff Kersey Construction of Canby.

by: SPOKESMAN PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - Bioswales such as this are a big part of the improved stormwater drainage in the lower parking lot at Memorial Park. The old lot suffered extensive damage from stormwater runoff undercutting the pavement.

by: SPOKESMAN PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - Additional parking has been added to the Memorial Park parking area south of existing parking and adjacent to a ball field.

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