Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) shared two draft concepts of Colonel Summers Park’s upcoming improvements at a community meeting on April 7.

The gathering of area neighbors at Hinson Baptist Church showcased two possible plans for the popular Portland Loo (restroom) and splash pad at the popular neighborhood gathering spot at SE 17th and Taylor in the Buckman neighborhood. The meeting allowed community feedback and involvement.

The Loo, funded by the voter-supported Parks Replacement Bond, will replace the park’s current portable toilets and provide a much safer, more durable and easier to maintain public restroom facility. The standard Loo design already in place at other PP&R parks including Jamison Square, Waterfront Park and the Park Blocks will be used.

Colonel Summers Park splash pad is funded by System Development Charges (SDCs, not tax dollars) and will provide an active spray feature to help people of all ages to cool off on hot summer days. SDCs are not tax revenue; they are fees paid by developers to support the increased infrastructure required when new homes and businesses are built.

PP&R asked for community feedback on locations for the Loo and the splash pad, and on design options for the splash pad. At this meeting and via online comments received shortly afterwards, the “Mountain Stream” concept garnered the most support.

Neighbors indicated they are enthusiastic about its layout and natural features – such as boulders and trickling streams. Most neighbors expressed a strong preference to locate the splash pad near the park’s former wading pool site (versus the alternative site by the basketball courts).

Plans for Colonel Summers Park

Plans for Colonel Summers Park

Last year PP&R hired an architect to design the iron enclosure gates for the picnic pavilion. A community meeting was held in December 2015 to share designs and select a preferred option. Work is now underway on the construction documents and it is anticipated that the project will be completed in August of 2016.

A second community meeting will be held later this summer to share the final draft design and get additional feedback. Construction is planned for Spring 2017, with completion by next Summer.

View the various draft concepts for Col. Summers park at parksreplacementbond.org. Questions or comments can be directed to Maija Spencer, Parks Bond Community Engagement, at 503.823.5593 or maija.spencer@portlandoregon.gov.