Boones Ferry Park Master Plan

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The Parks and Recreation Department is welcoming public feedback as part of the Master Planning process for Boones Ferry Park.  The existing seven-acre park is located adjacent to almost four acres of forested waterfront property to the east, three undeveloped acres to the west between the railroad tracks and Boones Ferry Road and three forested acres to the north (see map).  Three conceptual plans have been presented with various elements that were suggested as part of a previous community engagement process.  Community members are asked to share their feedback and preferences for development, which include: greater river access, preserving natural areas, nature play, a dog park, wooded trail system and a number of other options.  An online survey was open until January 15, 2018; however, feedback may continue to be shared with Parks and Recreation Director, Mike McCarty, at 503-570-1579 or

Upcoming Events

The Boones Ferry Park Master Plan will be presented to the Planning Commission and City Council for review and adoption.  Below are the upcoming meeting dates.  Please note: all meetings listed below will take place at Wilsonville City Hall (29799 SW Town Center Loop E, Wilsonville, OR, 97070) unless otherwise noted.

  • June 4, 2018** - City Council Work Session
  • June 5, 2018 at 6pm - Public Meeting in Boones Ferry Park
  • July 11, 2018 at TBA - Planning Commission Work Session
  • August 8, 2018 at 6:00pm - Planning Commission Hearing
  • August 20, 2018 at 7:00pm - City Council Meeting (Public Hearing)
  • September 6, 2018 at 7:00pm  - City Council Meeting (Continuing Business)

**The City Council Work Session is immediately after Executive Session which begins at 5:00 p.m.

About the Project

In August 2017, the City Council approved an amendment of the contract for the Parks and Recreation Comprehensive Master Plan with GreenPlay, LLC.  Parks and Recreation staff recommended expanding the scope of the contract to include developing a master plan for Boones Ferry Park that incorporates the adjacent 5-acre, Willamette River frontage property formerly owned by the Duckworth family and acquired by the City in 2015 (see map). While increasing the overall contract cost by $44,000, staff estimated that consolidating efforts by utilizing the same firm to produce a Boones Ferry Park plan would save the City approximately $45,000 in direct costs and additional staff time.

The purpose of the Boones Ferry Park Master Plan project is to advise the City Council, Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, and City Staff on how the park is currently functioning and to set the course for future use.  Currently, the park is utilized for drop-in uses of the playground, open lawn area and basketball court.  The park is home to the Tauchman House, a popular location for City-sponsored programs and private rentals.

To help develop the plan, the City hired GreenPlay, LLC, a national firm based in Colorado with extensive experience across the U.S. facilitating, researching and developing similar parks and recreation master plans.  Design Concepts, a landscape architecture and planning firm based in Colorado, is the sub-contractor for the project.

The Boones Ferry Park master-planning effort started on Sept. 5 when more than 40 community members gathered in Boones Ferry Park and shared their ideas for the future of the park.  Design Concepts, a landscape architecture and planning firm sub-contracting for GreenPlay, LLC, reviewed the findings from the first workshop and presented the proposed concepts at a public workshop held on Oct. 26.  At the workshop, participants broke out into groups and discussed the proposed plans, offering valuable feedback for staff and consultants.

NOTE:  The proposed concepts are presented in a way to gather feedback regarding specific elements and features and are not meant to be considered final plans.  A final plan will be created that will take into account the feedback received from each proposed conceptual plan.

  1. Concept 1
  2. Concept 2
  3. Concept 3

Concept 1:  Engage the River
  • Preserve existing services
  • Extend the event/program spaces from the historical Tauchman House
  • Improvement of street parking and cross walks at SW Tauchman St
  • Extend play area into wooded area and integrate a variety of spaces for families
  • Activate water edge along the nature area and Boones Ferry Landing
  • Create recreational destinations and river overlook along the riverside

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