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Participants discussed how to ensure a robust river economy, environmentally healthy river and vibrant waterfront districts along the Willamette River in the Central City.
More than 70 people participated in a two-day open workshop focused on improving the Willamette riverfront area in the Central City on Dec. 4 and 5. The results of the facilitated discussions and open houses will help staff develop a Central Reach Urban Design Concept, which will be incorporated into the Central City 2035 planning effort and the update to the Willamette Greenway Plan.
If you weren’t able to attend the workshop and would like to learn more or provide comments, the presentation, maps and workshop questionnaires are available on the Workshop Summary Page. Community comments are welcome through December 20.
Based on feedback from each session, it’s clear that Portlanders want to see more activities, uses and people engaged in the riverfront area. An overarching theme is to increase human access to the water for recreation, transportation and enjoyment. People view Tom McCall Waterfront Park as a major place for transformation. Think small commercial uses, cultural and historical attractions, and recreation, including an urban beach for swimming. On the east side, the OMSI area has great potential to be an emerging waterfront district with the new light rail station and pedestrian/bike bridge over the river. Expanding this area with new cafes, cultural and historical attractions like a maritime museum, a boat school and increased boat access could make this a popular destination for the region.
Participants also talked about making the Downtown riverfront area more recognizable as the city’s primary gathering place. As such the area could bring people together through a variety of land- and water-based activities that reflect the history, culture and natural environment. Commercial boating would become more prolific with cruise, excursion and river transit opportunities converging downtown. Clusters of uses such as retail, recreation, entertainment and other businesses could form destination points that add vibrancy to the waterfront. Key focus areas include the Rose Quarter/Convention Center, OMSI and the light rail station under construction, and Waterfront Park.
Maintaining and improving habitat areas for fish, birds and other wildlife by enhancing river banks with native vegetation and maintaining in-water shallow habitat is a priority, especially in key areas in the Central Reach. The Hawthorne Bowl riverfront area could be reconfigured to support both swimming and fish migration habitat because these activities occur at different times of the year. Also, creating habitat wildlife corridors throughout the Central City will allow birds and other species to safely move through downtown and benefit humans. Finally, Waterfront Park could be a place where part of the seawall is replaced with a steps lined with native vegetation down to the river for easy access to swim, paddle or simply splash in the water.
The Willamette River’s Central Reach is poised to become much more of a playground for all Portlanders and visitors to the Central City. Find out more by visiting the project website or contact Debbie Bischoff for more information.
Take an eight-week course on waste prevention and recycling, then share what you learned with the community
Become a Master Recycler
Learn from the experts. Share with your neighbors. Save our natural resources.
Take an eight-week course on the latest information on waste prevention and recycling, including classroom instruction and site tours. Then, volunteer 30 hours to share what you learned with neighbors, coworkers and community.
Class begins January 8, 2014 and includes eight consecutive Wednesdays 6:30 - 9:30 p.m., plus two Saturdays -- January 11 and February 15, 2014 -- 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. (A commitment to attend all ten dates is required for the application to be accepted.)
Washington Street Conference Center, 225 S. First Ave. (in downtown Hillsboro)
$50 fee to cover course materials. Limited scholarships are available.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: December 18, 2013 at noon.
Please visit www.masterrecycler.org for details and to apply.
About the Master Recycler Class
The popular eight-week course includes two field trips and instruction in topics such as thoughtful consumption, recycling processes, alternatives to hazardous household products, composting and deconstruction and green building. The course is a blend of presentations by professionals in the field, peer group discussion and project development.
Participants agree to attend all classes and field trips. After completing the course, graduates put their skills to work to help others make choices to conserve natural resources. It's what makes the Master Recycler Program so special: participants agree to volunteer 30 hours of public outreach. Master Recyclers staff information booths at community events, provide presentations, and work on personal projects. They also work to inspire their own neighbors and co-workers.
Attendance at all classes and tours and an agreement to complete the 30 volunteer hours is required to be considered for the Master Recycler Certification.
Is garbage day this week or next? Sign up for garbage day email reminders and a chance to win a $100 credit on your garbage bill.
Congrats to Susan and Jonathan of Southeast Portland! They are the first winners in the BPS garbage day reminders contest and will receive a $100 credit on their next garbage bill!
Launched in October, the contest aims to promote the City’s garbage collection day email reminder tool. This free resource sends out a weekly email on the afternoon prior to collection day to help residents take the guesswork out of which containers to set out.
For every 1,000 Portland residents who go to www.garbagedayreminders.com and sign up for the free email reminders, the City will hold a drawing to select winners to receive a prize of a $100 garbage bill credit. The contest is open to all single-family and smallplex (two- to four-unit) households and runs through March 1, 2014, or until ten winners are selected.
Need help remembering garbage day?
Sign up for free email reminders and a chance to win a $100 credit on your garbage bill at www.garbagedayreminders.com.
Have a question about garbage, recycling or composting?
Submit your question online or call our Curbside Hotline Operator at 503-823-7202.
Next two SAC meetings scheduled
The Southeast Quadrant Plan Stakeholder Advisory Committee (SAC) met for the first time on November 20th. The 30 members of the SAC had a chance to familiarize themselves with the project and get to know other members of this diverse group of stakeholders.
Now it is time to present the existing conditions and issues to be considered as part of the planning process. During the second SAC meeting on December 12, staff will present the existing conditions in regards to economic, land use and transportation issues within the quadrant. The SAC will then have time to discuss what they see as key issues for the plan to address regarding these topics. View the meeting packet for the agenda and other background materials.
The next two SAC meetings have been scheduled:
Both meetings will be held at Multnomah County Offices, 501 SE Hawthorne, Room 315.
All SAC meetings are open to the public and will include public comment periods. Meeting packets are posted approximately one week before meetings on the SAC Documents page. Stay tuned for more information about topics being discussed by the SAC and other public events as the process moves forward.
Oliver P. Lent Elementary School slated as next location to receive solar panels in 2014
Tuesday Dec. 3, 2013
City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability
Oliver P. Lent Elementary School slated as next location to receive solar panels in 2014
Portland, Ore. — Mayor Charlie Hales today hosted representatives from Portfolio 21 Investments, Portland Development Commission, SolarWorld, Umpqua Bank and Wells Fargo to acknowledge their early financial support of the City of Portland’s Solar Forward Fund, a crowdsourcing campaign designed by the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability.
As founding members of the Solar Forward Fund, these organizations have together provided more than $20,000 to lead the way on a tax-free, crowdsourced green energy fund to support the installation of solar infrastructure at some of Portland’s most beloved public sites, including community centers, libraries and schools. The City of Portland will continue to raise money for the fund from individuals and organizations, and once $50,000 is reached, the City will install photovoltaic (PV) panels at Portland Public School’s Oliver P. Lent Elementary School in Portland’s Lents neighborhood. Additional sites in Portland will be announced prior to future fundraising cycles.
“Portland Public Schools is proud to partner with the City of Portland’s Solar Forward campaign. We welcome the opportunity to work together within this innovative framework to continue maximizing operational and energy efficiencies while also promoting renewable energy development. We believe this demonstrates to our students and community our commitment to being both good citizens and environmental stewards,” said C.J. Sylvester, chief operating officer of Portland Public Schools.
The Solar Forward Fund offers community members a new way to support clean, local renewable energy systems on public buildings like community centers, schools and libraries. Community solar offers an opportunity for people to support solar installations that benefit the community.
“In Portland we have chance for the first time to join as an entire community and put solar on some of our most beloved public spaces, said Portland Mayor Charlie Hales. “Joining us in this community solar campaign is both a simple gesture and a powerful expression of our shared future. It's a way for all of us to show that there are still places in the world that value community above self.”
Renewable energy provides benefits to the community, from maintaining healthy air to the economic opportunity created for Portland’s small businesses and workers. All contributors to the Solar Forward Fund receive permanent recognition at the host site and reduce global warming pollution while proving a new model for community energy production.
“It's a way to support the places we love and invest in the future,” said Susan Anderson, director of the City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability. “And, it's a point of pride. Solar is one of the world’s most visible markers of innovation, sustainability and progress.”
Visit www.portlandoregon.gov/bps/solarforward to learn more about the project and to make a tax-deductible gift.
BPS was awarded grant funds from the Oregon Community Foundation's Penstemon Fund in the amount of $100,000. This generous grant funded the installation of a 10-kilowatt solar electric system on Portland Parks & Recreation's Southwest Community Center and helped establish Solar Forward, Portland’s first revolving community solar fund.
Through partnerships and collaboration, BPS provides: Citywide strategic and comprehensive land use planning; neighborhood, district, economic, historic and environmental research, planning and urban design; policy and services to advance energy efficiency, green building, waste reduction, composting and recycling, solar and renewable energy use, and local sustainable food production; as well as actions to mitigate and adapt to climate change. www.portlandoregon.gov/bps