New Park – Fact Sheet (10-12-12)
A new park will open November 2012 near the Gresham Campus of Mt. Hood Community College (MHCC). Here are some interesting facts about the project.
- Crews broke ground on a five-acre nature park in early August 2012. Construction is expected to be completed in November.
- The site is located at Beaver Creek, essentially near the corner of Troutdale Road and Stark Street.
- The park will officially be named College Nature Park at Beaver Creek.
- When completed, the park will include hiking trails, benches, signage, a picnic area and two trail heads on Troutdale Road – one at the SW corner of Stark Street and one at SE 34th Circle. A short trail will afford easy viewing access to wildlife habitat. The area will also undergo half-street road improvements to allow for on-street parking.
- The five acres that comprise the park are part of a 62-acre site that the Mt. Hood Community College (MHCC) District Board of Education sold to Metro regional government for about $200,000 in 2004. The land became part of the Beaver Creek restoration project between Troutdale and Metro.
- Funds for purchase of the 62 acres came from a 1995 voter-approved Metro Bond Measure.
- Prior to the sale of the property to Metro, the college analyzed a variety of development scenarios for the site. However, because of flood plain status and riparian habitat protections, MHCC determined it was not viable land for the development of buildings and facilities.
- College Nature Park at Beavercreek is owned by Metro regional government. Troutdale is constructing the park and will operate and maintain the site under an Intergovernmental Agreement with Metro. Most of the construction cost is being funded by the city’s local share of a second Metro Open Spaces Bond approved by voters in 2006. The cost to develop the new park is approximately $450,000.
- Metro will continue to manage the remainder of the 62-acre natural area site. The park is part of a larger effort to establish region-wide trail connectivity.
- MHCC students will continue to use the site as an outdoor classroom for the Natural Resources program.
- No MHCC general fund or grant money has been, or will be, spent on this project.