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Final fences removed from Chapman, Lownsdale squares

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

Six months after the Occupy Portland encampment was shut down, the final fences at Chapman and Lownsdale Squares have been removed.

A form of fencing has been around the parks' grassy areas to allow it to regrow. The pathways through the parks reopened previously.

City staff estimate the costs of the encampment to the parks bureau at $116,770. Spokesman Mark Ross said cleanup and restoration cost $76,811, less than the city's original estimate. The remaining costs were incurred while demonstrators were camping in the parks, said Ross.

Donations to the Portland Parks Foundation covered $39,366 of the cost, leaving the final cost to the parks bureau at $77,404. Those donations came from people who supported the Occupy movement, people opposed to it and people who don't have an opinion, said Ross.

Repairs are still being made to the men's bathroom at Lownsdale Square. It should reopen June 1.

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