Residents love Fields Park, want crosswalk

The Fields Park on NW Overton between 10th and 11th, June 11, 2013 (KOIN 6 News/Ellen Hansen)
The Fields Park on NW Overton between 10th and 11th, June 11, 2013 (KOIN 6 News/Ellen Hansen)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — For Mary Walker, the Fields Park is just about the best thing that could happen in her Pearl District neighborhood.

The Fields Park on NW Overton between 10th and 11th, June 11, 2013 (KOIN 6 News/Ellen Hansen)
The Fields Park on NW Overton between 10th and 11th, June 11, 2013 (KOIN 6 News/Ellen Hansen)

She’s been to the park on NW Overton between 10th and 11th several times a week with her grandchildren, Kaitlyn and Cole, since it opened May 6.

But there is one thing she feels should be there. Crosswalks.

“It would be safer for the kids and parents … having the cars stop,” she said, “because there is a lot of crossing.”

Mary Walker and her grandchild at Fields Park on NW Overton between 10th and 11th, June 11, 2013 (KOIN 6 News/Ellen Hansen)
Mary Walker and her grandchild at Fields Park on NW Overton between 10th and 11th, June 11, 2013 (KOIN 6 News/Ellen Hansen)

Neighbors have asked the city to put a crosswalk or even a stop sign in the area, and one local property offered to stripe the street themselves.

But city officials said the street is not a high density street and doesn’t warrant anything.

“We’re going to put marked crosswalks where they’re best needed and most needed and that is on higher traffic streets,” Portland Bureau of Transportation spokesperson Diane Dulken told KOIN 6 News.

“I understand that but I think anywhere where there’s a park there should be some safety issues addressed and traffic being among them,” Walker said. “I think right now this park is quiet but more people are going to catch on and we’re not even into summer yet.”

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