Milwaukie Riverfront Park, an 8.5 acre site adjacent to the City’s downtown, is nestled between the Willamette River to the west, Kellogg Creek to the south, Johnson Creek to the north and McLoughlin Boulevard to the east. A design for what will become the City’s “Living Room” has been developed for the City by David Evans and Associates and is currently being reviewed by federal, state and local regulatory agencies with final approvals expected in 2011. The City plans to pursue grant opportunities in the spring of 2011 with an eye toward beginning construction later that year. To view the proposed park deisgn, please see the attached park rendering below.
The existing site, accessible from Jefferson and Washington Streets, contains a boat launch, parking areas and a small restroom. Proposed improvements will include a new boat launch with parking areas north and south of Kellogg Creek, a play area for children, one large and one small restroom facility, an amphitheatre for performances, a festival lawn, two overlooks for river viewing and pathways for pedestrians and bikers. A transient dock for visiting boaters is also proposed to the south of Kellogg Creek as well as a pedestrian bridge over Kellogg Creek to facilitate pedestrian movement between the north and south segments of the site.
Access to the new park amenities would be at a new entrance south of Kellogg Creek and the Jefferson and Washington Street entrances would be closed.
The Milwaukie Riverfront Board, a seven person board appointed by City Council, has guided the park’s design development. The Board holds monthly meetings on the third Wednesday of the month at 6 pm at the Pond House (2215 SE Harrison St). The Board welcomes the public’s ideas and comments on the Riverfront plan.