Donald L. Robertson Park
DONALD L. ROBERTSON CITY PARK
The Donald L. Robertson Park which is named after our former Mayor, is called the crown jewel of the City by some. The park features activities for all ages including a playground with toys for young and older children, basketball court, an open field area for soccer and baseball, and a nature trial that wonders through the entire park including our newly created wetland area.
The playground area is outfitted with safety surfaces to protect children while providing a more enjoyable and stable surface for all. This new surface is an engineered wood fiber that is soft, but sturdy enough to support a wheelchair.
Wetlands Wildlife Habitat Preserve at the Park
This project created a Wetlands Pond and Habitat Preserve on Arata Creek in the Park. The funds to create the pond and preserve came from our $293,000 local share of the Metro Parks Bond that was passed in 2006.
This project protects and enhances the Creek’s ecosystem and it provides many benefits to our community. It will help maintain proper water flow and meet Clean Water Standards in Arata Creek; prevent seasonal flooding from affecting neighboring properties; improve wildlife habitat in the watershed, including habitat for water fowl, endangered Columbia Gorge turtles, and fish; create an opportunity to reintroduce native plant species; and provide a natural environment for citizens to engage with a properly managed stream ecosystem. There is also a learning center overlooking the wetlands area which creates a wonderful atmosphere for students and adults to view learn about our ecosystem.
The preserve has a regional impact as it is located in Metro-classified Regionally Significant Habitat Class II and Class III Riparian areas.
A boardwalk has also been installed over a portion of the wetland area to give visitors a closer view of the wetland, while allowing dry passage to other areas of the park.
Gazebo in the Park
With the help of the Rotary Club, a gazebo was constructed in the northern grove area of the park. This new addition to the park is available for people and groups to rent for gatherings such as parties, weddings, or music festivals. Landscaping improvements will be completed in the Spring of 2013.
We are also in the early design stages of adding an Arboretum in the Park. Check back on occasion to get updates on this great project!