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 trail 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.
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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.
Playground and Sport Court
The City just recently enhanced the basketball court with a new sport court surface and hoop. We also enhanced and expanded the toy selection at the playground as well. This was all possible because of a CDBG Grant. Come check out the new features today!
Three years ago, the plan to have an arboretum as part of the Donald L. Robertson Park came to fruition with an initial planting of several native trees and shrubs. Since then, two more tree planting phases have occurred. The most recent occurred on May 16th and with the help of students from the Arata School, eight additional trees and three shrubs have been planted south of the ball field. With the recent addition of a Dogwood, 2 different varieties of Maples and Oaks, Kwanzan Cherry, Red Alder, and Capital Pear, there are now 30+ trees in the arboretum. The eastern portion of the Arboretum is dedicated to native shrubs even including some edible varieties such as huckleberry and blueberry.
The arboretum will still be undergoing improvements such as the addition of a few more trees and shrubs. Also, in the future, park goers will be able to easily identify trees once name plaques are installed. This 2 acre section of the park my not be the most extensive arboretum, but spectacular fall colors and the plant diversity that it adds is very appreciated and enjoyed by visitors daily.