Environmental Services is working with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Portland Parks & Recreation to reconstruct the Crystal Springs Creek channel in Westmoreland Park, restore native vegetation, and improve access to trails and to the creek. The project includes restoring the duck pond to a more natural stream channel by adding pools, riffles, and glides that will improve fish habitat.
Native trees and shrubs planted on the bank will shade and cool the water and improve wildlife habitat. The project includes a new boardwalk and overlooks, seating, paths, lighting, and picnic areas. The project will implement part of the 2004 Westmoreland Park Master Plan. Construction mitigation funds from the Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Transit Project help finance the project. The Corps, Parks, Environmental Services and Metro share the remaining costs.
The project creates habitat for native waterfowl and will deter ducks and geese from congregating along the creek banks, which causes overgrazing and erosion. In summer 2011, the City of Portland, the Audubon Society of Portland and USDA Wildlife Services relocated domestic ducks and geese from the park to rural area homes and farms. You can find more information about the project at http://audubonportland.org/sanctuaries/wcc/rndup.
Portland Parks is also renovating the play area in the park as a separate pilot project for its Nature-Based Play Initiative to create settings in developed parks that encourage creative play and interaction with natural features. The Westmoreland Park nature play area will have a Crystal Springs Creek theme.
For More Information
For more information about the Westmoreland Park restoration project, visit the Army Corps project website or PP&R's Westmoreland Park project page. To receive project updates, submit an online form to receive project updates.
Westmoreland Park Before Construction
photo by Patrick Norton
Westmoreland Park During Construction