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Planning for Parks

A parks system with recreational opportunities for all is a key Strategic Plan priority

We're excited to add to your parks and recreation experience.

Gresham Parks 2035

Pickleball, anyone? How about improving the parks you love? This summer, we're setting the course for Gresham's parks and trails system over the next 10 years.
Learn more and take the parks survey. 

Coming to a park near you

Aspen Highlands Park

Pickleball courts are coming to Aspen Highlands Park in 2024. The first pickleball courts in Gresham’s park system! Two new courts will nestle up beside the futsal court to fully utilize the park’s plaza space.

This park improvement is made possible with federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds given to the City through the offices of Sen. Chris Gorsek and Rep. Ricki Ruiz.

More about Aspen Highlands Park

Contact Tina.Osterink@GreshamOregon.gov.

Columbia View Park

Walking paths are coming to Columbia View Park in 2024. Staff secured two grants worth over $1.3 million through ODOT’s Community Paths Program to develop the walking paths.

More about Columbia View Park

Contact Tina.Osterink@GreshamOregon.gov.

Gradin Community Sports Park

Coming to Gradin Sports Park in 2025: The City is adding two new softball and baseball fields, two new soccer fields, and an amenity plaza (pickleball, dog park, etc.) to complete the vision of the sports park that began more than two decades ago. 

To pay for nearly all the costs, the City raised outside federal and state money.

Learn more about the Phase 2 construction

Read more about Gradin Community Sports Park

Contact Tina.Osterink@GreshamOregon.gov.

North Gresham Park

Walking paths are coming to North Gresham Park in 2024. Staff secured two grants worth over $1.3 million through ODOT’s Community Paths Program to develop the walking paths.

More about North Gresham Park.

Contact Tina.Osterink@GreshamOregon.gov.

Rockwood Central Park

Coming to Rockwood Central Park in 2024, the City is adding community garden plots and renovating the basketball court with a new, wider surface.

These park improvements are made possible with federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds given to the City through the offices of Sen. Chris Gorsek and Rep. Ricki Ruiz.

More about Rockwood Central Park.

Contact Tina.Osterink@GreshamOregon.gov.

Designing for undeveloped parks

The City is working with the community to identify potential recreation improvements for six undeveloped parks.

  • Gresham Parks Concept Plan Report
  • Project Background
Project Background

The City Council is exploring ways to expand and improve Gresham’s park system including undeveloped neighborhood and community parks.

Gresham has six undeveloped parks that include open space or natural areas with no recreational amenities.

Undeveloped parks concept plans

Background information

Two of the six parks are classified as community parks that serve the entire city and provide recreation for all age groups, from easy picnicking and walking to active sports and play areas.  

Each undeveloped park is broken up into different zones. The zones represent areas for specific activities, such as play areas, dog parks or wildlife viewing. The zones help define areas where we want to protect and preserve the natural environment while maximizing opportunities to activate other areas for public use.

These concept plans were developed based on each park's unique existing conditions and the community's feedback on the zones during public engagement meetings.

Learn more about these parks

  • Shaull Property
  • Next Steps
Shaull Property

The Shaull property is a 7.9-acre property with wetlands and trees next to Southwest Community Park.

The City purchased the property in 2021 to protect the natural areas and provide greater access to the park.

This purchase received the most votes in a community survey. 

Next Steps

Next steps

  • The City's first priority will be to remove trees that pose a threat to surrounding homes due to root rot. 
  • Future improvements to this property and Southwest Community Park will be prioritized against other potential park projects for funding.  
  • The City will work with local educators, community groups and wildlife experts to protect habitat and create opportunities for nature experiences for park visitors. 

Background 

  • The City signed a purchase and sale agreement for the Shaull property in 2021.  
  • The City conducted the typical due diligence steps required to complete the purchase. An environmental site assessment, appraisal of the property and title review were all conducted with no concerns found.  
  • The previous property owner removed structures on the site before the close of the sale.   

Contact

For more information about these projects, contact Tina Osterink, Natural Resources Planner, at 503-618-2392 or Tina.Osterink@GreshamOregon.gov