Marylhurst Park, 859 18th St.
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Marylhust Park is a small neighborhood spot just a short walk from McKenzie-Willamette Medical Center.
Willamalane, which acquired the quarter-acre lot from the city of Springfield, developed the property to serve a residential area with limited access to neighborhood parks.
The family-friendly park features three playground elements, along with a playing surface comprised of soft, engineered wood fiber. Newly planted shade trees, a grassy play area, benches and bike racks provide an attractive gathering place for families and adults.
Access to the park, meeting ADA standards, has also been improved with new sidewalks and a concrete walkway through the center of the site.
“This park demonstrates how a simplistic, innovative design can turn a small, rarely used quarter-acre lot into a vibrant neighborhood gathering place,” said Willamalane Superintendent Vincent Martorello. “Large expanses of land are not always available, or needed to create a community park. There is always a place for smaller neighborhood parks that are simple in design, but large in impact.”
The process to develop this park began more than five years ago when community input was gathered regarding the need for a neighborhood-scale park in the area. The information was included in the 2012 Comprehensive Plan, and once this project received board approval, neighborhood meetings were scheduled to solicit input from area residents.
During these meetings, residents voted on various design concepts. When the results were tabulated, the clear choice voiced by neighbors was to develop a park with a children’s play area that would encourage exercise and activities.
Funding for the park, totaling around $111,000 for construction costs, came out of bond measure funds that voters approved in 2012 to develop a variety of park and open space projects.