Holman Park in Northeast Portland is an excellent example of how collaboration and community involvement can create a valuable neighborhood asset while meeting multiple city goals. To enhance the Holman Bike Boulevard, Portland Bureau of Transportation proposed a traffic diversion to improve bike access through the adjacent intersection. The proposed transportation enhancements created an opportunity to expand the landscaped area in the park, and Environmental Services had an interest in reducing impervious surfaces and improving stormwater management. In addition, the surrounding neighborhood had a longstanding interest in improving the condition of the park. The resulting collaborative project was a perfect candidate for funding through the EPA Innovative Wet Weather Program (IWWP) administered by Environmental Services.
Holman Park before redesign
Prior to the project, the park included an outdated play structure, two benches in disrepair, and one picnic table for seating. Woodlawn neighbors participated in the design process, expressing significant ownership in the project. The community's desire for the removal of the play structure and addition of more seating areas was incorporated into the design. The redesign of the park includes six stormwater facilities that manage over 16,000 ft² of concrete, a community bulletin board kiosk with a visible ecoroof, and a drinking fountain provided by the Portland Water Bureau, all of which are integrated into a more welcoming destination and meeting place.
Holman Park after redesign
Green infrastructure strategies not only help us manage stormwater runoff, protecting our streams and rivers and reducing stress on our pipe infrastructure, but they provide many other benefits to our city. The Holman Park redesign illustrates how integrating the strategies into community projects can meet multiple city goals while enhancing the health and livability of our neighborhoods.
The Holman Park project was made possible by a special collaboration between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Portland Bureau of Environmental Services, Portland Parks & Recreation, Portland Bureau of Transportation, Portland Water Bureau, and residents of the Woodlawn neighborhood.