Saint Francis Park, photo 2013 by Visitor7 CC-BY-SA.

Saint Francis Park is a privately-owned park on SE Stark Street between 11th and 12th Avenues.  It's owned and operated by the Saint Francis Parish, not the parks & rec department.  Lives across from Red and Black Cafe.

The park is considered to be in a state of deterioration. According to the SE Examiner:

"Unfortunately things changed in the 1980’s. St. Francis Parish closed the grade school as the St. Francis Dining Hall was expanding. This changed the community dynamics of the park.

The park sits across the street from Red and Black Café and at a recent community meeting, most people were of the opinion that the park had long since ceased to be a community resource. Some regretted the loss of its trees."

Park closure and future development

The Saint Francis Parish began the process of selling the park to Catholic Charities in 2013.  The organization plans to develop the property into 152 housing units with Gerding-Edlen Company.

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