Lively Park opens with help from OPRD Local Government Grant (2010)
By Mike Moskovitz, Public Affairs manager
Willamalane Park and Recreation District
Two huge group picnic shelters, a dog park and an 8,000-square-foot playground with a 25-foot tall Mega-Tower will be unveiled May 20 at the grand opening of Willamalane Park and Recreation District’s Lively Park in the Thurston area of east Springfield.
The 33-acre site, home of Splash! Lively Park Swim Center, includes two 50-by-85-foot group picnic shelters with cooking facilities and picnic tables. In addition, parking, sidewalks and a portable restroom were expanded. A 4-acre, fully fenced dog park with a shelter was constructed and is scheduled to open this spring.
The park’s construction cost is approximately $1.2 million, said Rebecca Gershow, a Willamalane planner who acquired a grant from the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department’s Local Government Grant Program to pay for approximately half the costs.
Gershow said the remaining costs are funded by donations from the Friends of Willamalane foundation, Springfield Rotary Club and Willamalane’s Capital Improvements Program.
“The park features a picturesque backdrop of the existing natural areas,” said Jake Risley, project manager and Willamalane’s landscape architect and parks planner. “A native woodland area occupies the northwest corner of the site and borders a vegetated drainage swale that flows into Cedar Creek that runs along the property’s north boundary.”
The park is a featured stop on the Springfield Community Birding Trail. Views include the Coburg Hills to the northwest, Mohawk hills to the north and Cascade Foothills to the east and south.