REDMOND, OR -- Road crews have shut down the main access to Redmond’s most popular city park, for most of the summer. Mayor George Endicott says 15th Street, between Highland Avenue and the entrance to Sam Johnson Park, is one of the city’s oldest neighborhoods. "We’ve been waiting for years – that road’s been in terrible shape. We’re asking people to go around, and basically enter the park through the Spud Bowl. That means going down 12th to Cascade, down the hill and heading south by the skate park." Endicott says they’re going to open the gate and remove a curb that block vehicles from entering the park from the Spud Bowl.
He tells KBND News the work is necessary, but acknowledges the closure will impact visitors to the popular Hope Playground and the “Music on the Green” summer concert series. "We’ve been waiting for years for the construction to start. That’s on the schedule and we’ve got the money. You know, we lay these plans out years in advance - We just did our capital improvement plan review for five years, last week."
He expects construction on 15th will last through mid-August. Music on the Green opens the season at Sam Johnson Park, Wednesday, June 29.