Dawson Park Improvement Project groundbreaking
On Thursday, November 14 the Dawson Park Improvement Project officially kicked off construction to add a playground, interactive waterplay feature, barbeques, picnic tables and benches, improved lighting and accessibility.

Dawson Park has served as an integral social, political and economic point for many communities – most especially the African-American community in Portland. The neighborhood around Dawson once was the heart of Portland’s African-American population. The $2.6 million renovation is designed to restore it as a key community gathering space by making it more welcoming, safe and attractive.

The project is a partnership between PDC and Portland Parks & Recreation. Funding comes from the Interstate Corridor Urban Renewal Area with support for the waterplay feature from Legacy Emanuel Medical Center, Portland Parks Foundation and Portland Parks & Recreation.

Construction is expected to run through June 2014.
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