1120 SW Fifth Avenue, Portland, OR 97204
Spread on 16 acres adjacent to Shaver Elementary School in northeast Portland’s Argay neighborhood, Luuwit View Park will feature a soccer field and basketball court, accessible play and picnic areas, parking, community gardens, a fenced off-leash dog area, and foot and bike paths with expansive views – including a majestic vista of Luuwit (the Native American name for the iconic Mt. St. Helens).
“Recommending an appropriate name was difficult, but ultimately we enjoyed a rewarding outcome,” says Nina Palacios, a member of the Luuwit View naming committee. “I’m excited about the new park, one we’ve been eagerly anticipating for so long. I volunteer at the adjacent Shaver School, and the kids there are bursting with anticipation for their new park! I very much appreciate being a part of the naming process.”
The park’s name helps to honor the indigenous people who first lived on the land, and to recognize the overall history of the area.
“The name ‘Luuwit View Park’ holds meaning on many different levels”, says Cary Watters, a member of the Tlingit Tribe and of the park naming committee. “The fact that this park's name is a Native [Cowlitz] word, and that it honors the traditional way in which our people named places, is a huge step forward in healing - not only for the Native community, but for the land and the at-large community.”
Luuwit View Park (formerly Beech Park) will be 15.7 acres of neighborhood park adjacent to Shaver Elementary School between NE Fremont St. and NE Shaver St. The Master Planning process in 2008 outlined some important features including a community garden, soccer field, high intensity sports area, fenced off-leash dog area, grassy open space, children’s play area, water play area and picnic areas.
Luuwit View Park consists of two parcels that are adjacent to single-family residences, working farmlands, and Shaver Elementary School. Located in outer northeast Portland between Shaver and Fremont, the site has a long history of being farmed, and is currently a gently sloping open grassy field with grand views of the Columbia River floodplain.
During 2008/2009 Portland Parks & Recreation, in collaboration with local residents and a Public Advisory Committee, developed a park master plan. The design of the park will preserve views, reflect the farming history and context, manage storm water on site, and provide buffers from adjacent land uses. The north parcel (5.64 acres) of the site will act as a neighborhood park and features a children’s playground, a gathering space, a parking area, and a fenced dog off-leash area. The south parcel (10.07 acres) will incorporate more active and passive open space uses including a shelter, a full-size sports field, display and community gardens, picnic areas, parking, natural play, and an area of high intensity sports. In addition, a multi-use paved trail loops around the entire site, and public art and bilingual interpretive signage will be incorporated into key areas such as the unique center point where the two parcels connect.
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