Willamalane Park and Recreation District is preparing to make improvements at Ruff Park, an attraction in the Thurston area of Springfield that is well-known for its magnolia arboretum.
Improvements include an access driveway from 66th Street, a paved parking lot with accessible parking spaces, paved trails, benches, bike racks and additional landscaping. These changes will make the area more accessible to park visitors, especially those with limited mobility or experiencing a disability.
Construction is set to begin in early September and last until early November. During this time, the park will be closed to the public due to the construction activity, but Willamalane will open the main section of the park earlier, if possible.
Pacific Excavation, Inc. was the lowest bidder for this project. During a special board meeting held Aug. 26, the Willamalane Board directed staff to proceed with the project with Pacific Excavation. The approval is based on contingencies including a seven day protest period allowed to other interested bidders. The anticipated cost of the project is approximately $345,000.
These improvements will be funded through the 2012 bond measure, which voters approved to facilitate a number of projects aimed at expanding trails; preserving parkland around hillsides, rivers and streams; upgrading sports fields; and conserving energy. Willamalane has made significant progress since the passage of the $20 million measure.
If park neighbors or visitors have questions or concerns regarding construction activities, they may call Simon Daws, landscape architect at Willamalane at 541-736-4049.