Donald L. Robertson Park
THE CROWN JEWEL OF WOOD VILLAGE
Donald L. Robertson Park located at 24300 NE Halsey features activities for all ages including:
- Playground with toys for young and older children
- Basketball court
- Open field area for soccer and baseball
- A nature trail that wanders through the entire park including the wetland area.
BASE CAMP GORGE HUB PROJECT
Being the Base Camp for all Columbia River Gorge, Mount Hood, and PDX activities are more than just being a “jumping off” point to these destinations. It is about providing information, and a world-class experience. This is what we hope to achieve by adding a Gorge Hub to the Donald Robertson Park. This joint effort with ODOT, Oregon State Parks, Travel Oregon, and other communities of the Gorge will add a unique and one of a kind experience for residents and travelers through the Gorge along the historic Route 30 Highway and Trail.
While each Hub along the route will be unique to the host community, there will be some unifying features. Enhancements around the restroom include rock retaining walls, accessibility ramps and walkways, added bike racks and fix-it stations, additional signage, and landscaping.
This project was identified in the Parks Master Plan and Capital Improvement Plan. Construction was completed in March of 2020 by Lee Contractors, LLC.
HOST A FAMILY/BUSINESS EVENT
- No fee or deposit for most private groups of 100 people or less
- One-Day Park Facility Reservation Form (PDF)
- Multi-Day Park Facility Reservation Form (PDF)
PLAYGROUND & SPORTS COURT
- The playground area is outfitted with safety surfaces to protect children while providing a more enjoyable and stable surface for all.
- The surface is an engineered wood fiber that is soft, but sturdy enough to support a wheelchair.
- An enhanced basketball court with a new sports court surface and hoop are available for public use.
WETLANDS WILDLIFE HABITAT PRESERVE
A boardwalk has been installed over a portion of the wetland area to give visitors a closer view of the wetland while allowing dry passage to other areas of the park.
The wetlands wildlife habitat protects and enhances the creek’s ecosystem and it provides benefits to our community. Benefits include:
- Maintaining proper water flow and meeting clean water standards in Arata Creek
- Prevent seasonal flooding from affecting neighboring properties
- Improve wildlife habitat in the watershed, including habitat for waterfowl, endangered Columbia Gorge turtles, and fish
- Create an opportunity to reintroduce native plant species
- Provide a natural environment for citizens to engage with a properly managed stream ecosystem.
- A learning center overlooking the wetlands area which provides an atmosphere for students to view learn about our ecosystem.
The preserve has a regional impact as it is located in Metro-classified Regionally Significant Habitat Class II and Class III Riparian areas.
This project created a Wetlands Pond and Habitat Preserve on Arata Creek in the Park. The funds to create the pond and preserve came from our $293,000 local share of the Metro Parks Bond that was passed in 2006.
- With the help of the Rotary Club, a gazebo was constructed in the northern grove area of the park.
- This feature of the park is available for people and groups to rent for gatherings such as parties, weddings, or music festivals.
With the recent addition of Dogwood, 2 different varieties of Maples and Oaks, Kwanzan Cherry, Red Alder, and Capital Pear, there are now 30+ trees in the arboretum. The eastern portion of the Arboretum is dedicated to native shrubs including some edible varieties such as huckleberry and blueberry.
The arboretum is still be undergoing improvements including:
- Additions of more trees and shrubs.
- Park-goers will eventually be able to easily identify trees after name plaques are installed.
- This 2-acre section of the park offers spectacular fall colors and plant diversity for the enjoyment of visitors daily.
NEW PARK SIGN
We’ve posted some new signs at our Donald Robertson Park to remind visitors of some important park rules.
Walk, Do Not Ride Bicycles: Our trail is not designed for both bike riding and pedestrian use, so please help keep the community safe and avoid an incident by walking your bike through our park trail system.
Keep Pets on Leashes: A walk through the park with your dog is a great way for everyone to get a little activity. Please remember that there are no off-leash sections in the park, and you must keep your dog leashed at all times.
Tobacco Use Prohibited, No Smoking or Vaping: Smoking or vaping is prohibited on park properties.
Thank you for enjoying our park and for following these simple rules which help keep everyone safe.