Friends of April Hill Park

Construction Update - October 2016

These two videos explain how the boardwalk piers were installed earlier this month.



Movie in April Hill Park

Sunday, August 14
April Hill Park

Free. Music by Rogue Bluegrass Band. Fun begins at 6:00pm. Movie: Star Wars-The Force Awakens begins at 8:30pm. Food for purchase, raffle, fire and police vehicles, climbing wall, kids activities, local booths and more. 

Sponsored by Maplewood Neighborhood Association and Friends of April Hill Park.

In order to make this an event that no one will forget, there is still a need for volunteers to help with activities before and during the movie and with the planning leading up to the event. Contact to get involved in this wonderful event.


Construction Update - August 2016

There are new holes that were dug for the bridge footings next to Woods Creek. Contractor is pumping the water out to pace the footing forms in the holes.

Images; (1) Forms for the 11 foot wide bridge footing, (2) New holes for the bridge footings; (3) Tools needed for muddy work—- Boots; (4) Forms for footings.

Forms for the 11 foot wide bridge footings

New holes for the bridge footings

Tools needed for muddy work—- Boots


Forms for footings


Construction Update - July 2016

Construction July to October 2016 sign posted on a fence

Construction has started on the April Hill Park, Wetland Protection Project.  The trail work has started.  Stay tuned for updates. Check out our FaceBook page and on Instagram Friends of April Hill Park. Contact us


New dirt trail

construction worker working on new dirt trail

Construction back hoe in front of the April Hill Park sign


Social trails become compacted, act as channels draining the wetland

A visit to April Hill Park after a rain event in February 2015 told a clear and obvious story that the social trails are seriously impacting the natural area. One of the impacts is these compacted trails act as channels draining the wetland. The salamander, newts, and frogs need the wetland to develop from immatures into adults. If the wetland dries up too fast, they die. This video shows how one of the social trails is draining the wetlands.



The new April Hill Park Protection Project with boardwalk, bridges and trails are designed to prevent this, providing a safe way for visitors to experience the park's natural areas with minimum impact. This project is funded by the Metro Natural Areas Bond Measure’s Nature in the Neighborhood Capital Grants Program, Portland Parks & Recreation, and generous donations by neighbors.


New Seasons Green Team Work Party
Thursday, July 14, 2016
1:30 - 3:30 pm

All neighbors are welcomed to join in. Meet at the playground. See you there and Thank you New Seasons. For more information contact us at or


April Hill Park
Wetland Protection Project Kickoff Celebration

Friday, June 10
11am - 1pm

Honored Guests: City of Portland Parks Commissioner Amanda Fritz, Metro Councilor Bob Stacey, Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde David Harrelson.

The April Hill Park boardwalk, bridges & observation platform are becoming a reality through the dedicated efforts of the project team: Friends of April Hill Park, Portland Parks & Recreation, Josh Owen, Maplewood Neighborhood Association, and Southwest Neighborhoods - SW Watershed Resource Center.

Funding for project construction from Portland Parks & Recreation, the Metro Natural Areas Bond Measure's Nature in Neighborhoods Capitol Grant Program, and generous donations from community residents.


April Hill Park Work Party Saturday May 21 9am-1pm

April Hill Park
Annual OSU Alumni Work Party
Saturday, May 21
9am - 12pm

This is a community project and all are welcomed.
(Children must bring an adult)

The Friends of April Hill Park, Portland Parks & Recreation, and OSU Alumni invite you to join them in april Hill Park this Saturday, May 21, from 9am - 12pm.

Friends of April Hill Park
Bird Walk
Saturday, April 16, 8-10am

View the flyer

Meet at the April Hill Park kiosk. Led by Sarah Swanson & Max Smith, authors: Must See Birds of the Pacific Northwest. Enjoy the songs and netting behavior of the birds who make their home at the April Hill Park wetland and surrounding area. Find out more about ways to help enhance habitat for birds, both in the park and in your neighborhood.

Families welcome.

Sponsored by Friends of April Hill Park,, Maplewood Neighborhood Association,, and Portland Parks & Recreation.