Summer Park Construction

Thurston Hills Natural Area view

Willamalane will be busy this summer with a series of construction projects that bring improvements to a park near you. They include:

Thurston Hills Natural Area: Willamalane is building a trailhead that will serve as the eastern entry point to the 665-acre property. It will feature 49 parking spaces, a restroom, a bike repair station and bike racks. Construction is anticipated to start July 5. Please use safety and refrain from exploring this area until the trailhead and trails are more developed.

Thurston Hills Trails Phase 1: The work for this project includes constructing two trail segments. Segment 1 is the North Access Trail, which is 2.2 miles long and begins near the trailhead and steadily climbs up the north-facing slope. Segment 2 is the Spine Trail, which is 1.3 miles long and will connect to the North Access Trail and the Webb Access Road on the south-facing side of the Thurston Hills Natural Area.

Marylhurst Park: Located at 18th and H streets, this new, small park will include play equipment, landscaping, and new interior and perimeter sidewalks. The project is anticipated to start by July 1.

Bob Keefer Center roof repair: The project includes applying an undercoat membrane to the north roof and then applying the top membrane coat over the entire roof.

In addition to these projects, Willamalane installed a new playground at Jesse Maine Memorial Park on June 1. The neighborhood kids are already busy swinging and sliding.

Looking Ahead

Willamalane has tentatively set a schedule for projects set to begin in 2018. They include:

Island Park: Willamalane plans upgrades to the restroom and lighting starting in 2018. An upgraded bridge and a new riparian landscape have already been completed.

Weyerhaeuser-McKenzie Natural Area: entry signage and gate, and upgrades to the gravel parking lot.

Kelly Field at Les Schwab Sports Park: a full replacement of the existing synthetic turf.

Dorris Ranch: Willamalane plans to install a new entry marker and a restroom, and continue trail development.