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North Portland Park Improvement Survey

Click here to fill out the North Portland Park Improvements and Northgate Park Rugby Field Relocation Survey

In December, Dan Ryan announced a plan to make improvements to University Park (details here). The NPLL Board saw this as a perfect opportunity to enhance the ball diamond and give our community a field to be proud of. We formed a committee and presented the Parks Department with a proposal that includes a turf infield, covered dugouts, storage, and enlarged bleachers.  These enhancements will allow our kids more opportunities to play in wet conditions. The city was impressed with our proposal and has forwarded it to the Parks Director for review. The Parks Department will send out a community survey next week to gather interest in the potential park improvements, including items outside of the baseball and softball diamond. Please complete the survey and let the city know this proposal is important to our community.

We need your help!

Portland Parks and Rec has released a survey entitled North Portland Park Improvements and Northgate Park Rugby Field Relocation Survey please take a few minutes to fill out the survey.  As a supporter of NPLL’s University Park Improvement proposal, we encourage you to prioritize ball field improvements at University Park, and smaller, less costly improvements at Columbia Park and Annex. Here are our thoughts to help guide through the survey.

Our priority for ACTIVE RECREATION amenities at University Park is an Artificial Turf Field that will be low maintenance, long lasting, and usable during the rainy spring and fall little league seasons.  We ranked the three other high-cost projects lowest because there will not be funds to make multiple improvements of these kinds.

Your personal comments on this topic are essential to the decision-making process.  For question 5, you are asked to comment on your priorities at University Park.  Please use your answer to emphasize the importance of prioritizing University Park and your support of improving baseball and softball amenities. Please use the following statement to guide your answer. You may copy and paste.

The city’s intention to split the $3.6 million allocated to North Portland Park improvement between Columbia Park/Annex and University Park would drastically reduce the amount of funding directed to the much-needed improvements and upgrades to University Park.  Columbia Park is a destination park for visitors from throughout the area and has the amenities to continue to draw visitors into our community without any significant upgrades.  University Park, however, is a small park that serves one of the most diverse and densely populated neighborhoods in Portland.  Allocating the majority of funding to improvements at University Park would benefit residents of the Portsmouth neighborhood by providing a cleaner, safer, and more engaging park space.  

Improvements to the baseball/softball field amenities at University Park, including an upgraded ball field with new turf infield would not only provide more playing time for baseball and softball players in rainy spring and fall conditions, but would also show the city’s commitment to providing equitable sports facilities throughout the city.  A field of this quality would give NPLL the opportunity to host tournaments, as well as continue to provide the best possible playing surface for events such as MLB’s Play Ball Weekend Clinics and Pitch Hit Run events with amenities not found at any other park within NPLL’s boundary area.  Furthermore, NPLL’s proposal to improve the ball field at University Park is supported by Charles Jordan Community Center, Friends of Baseball, and Underdog Sports League.

Baseball and Softball facilities are essential to this part of our community, and facilities in this area have limited amenities.  While our baseball and softball field access is limited, we already have access to amenities like indoor basketball at Charles Jordan Community Center and roller sports at the nearby New Columbia Bicycle Skills park.  With its close proximity to Rosa Parks Elementary School, Charles Jordan Community Center, and a variety of types of housing, Portland Parks and Rec has the opportunity to make University Park a hub of our community, bringing the diverse populations of our community together to watch games and enjoy other newly upgraded amenities.  North Portland baseball and softball supporters are long overdue for a facility that will allow us to proudly host our neighboring little leagues for games and events. 

Our priority for ACTIVE RECREATION amenities at Columbia Park and Columbia Annex is Ball Field Improvements. The proposed ball field improvements are low cost but would have a significant benefit for the players who use those fields.  Larger projects such as a covered basketball court or fitness area at Columbia Park and Annex would remove funding for any large project at University Park.

For question 10, you are asked to comment on your priorities at Columbia Park.  Please use this answer to emphasize the importance of prioritizing University Park and your support of improving baseball and softball amenities. Please use the following statement to guide your answer. You may copy and paste.

Columbia Park and Annex are already beautiful parks that draw visitors from around the city.  The old growth trees growing above the park’s many picnic areas, play structures, walking paths, and sports fields provide a shady retreat on summer days and a venue for a variety of PPS and PP&R sponsored activities.  The funding allocated to North Portland Parks should go to University Park, to create more parks with the level of amenities already boasted by Columbia Park.

NORTHGATE PARK RUGBY FIELD RELOCATION: The location of the proposed rugby field in Columbia Park would remove a little league sized baseball and softball field.  The proposed Delta Park location is currently an artificial turf soccer field, perfect for ground sharing with rugby.

Click here to fill out the North Portland Park Improvements and Northgate Park Rugby Field Relocation Survey

Click here to view NPLL's proposed ball field improvements at University Park

University Park Diamond Field Project

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Portland, Oregon 97217

Email: [email protected]

North Portland Little League

P.O. Box 17312 
Portland, Oregon 97217

Email: [email protected]
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