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1120 SW Fifth Ave., Suite 1302, Portland, OR 97204
Develop and implement a refinement plan for the Central District section of the South Waterfront Greenway
Portland Parks & Recreation, Portland Development Commission
The South Waterfront Greenway Development Plan, accepted by City Council in 2004, provided a vision and concept plan for the entire South Waterfront Greenway. The Greenway, which stretches from the Marquam Bridge south to the River Forum Building, will strive to balance the needs of the public and the health of the Willamette River.
The City of Portland's South Waterfront Plan envisioned a system of parks working together to enliven the neighborhood, stimulate development activity in the area, and to provide for the recreational needs of area residents. These projects are important because they set the tone for the quality of open space in the district. For many years now, PP&R has been looking at how to implement the design that the City and the community developed for the Central District portion of the Greenway.
Environmental Requirements: At the direction of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the State of Oregon Division of State Lands (DSL) and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), the design for the riverbank restoration includes habitat in the form of a shallow water bench that will provide shelter for juvenile fish and adjacent riparian plantings. Working jointly with the Corps of Engineers, Oregon DSL, NMFS, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, and the City’s Bureau of Environmental Services, a hybrid concept was developed in summer 2010 that met public and agency needs.
Permitting: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued their Joint Permit for the construction in June 2012, after 20 months of review. This permit incorporated the approvals of all of the other State and Federal agencies. Local permits were also received in June 2012, allowing the project move into construction after nearly 10 years of planning and design.
November 11, 2013
Phase 1 heavy construction is nearly complete. All that remains is installation of the safety railings at the top of the retaining walls, some planting and site clean-up, and installation of the final site fencing.
Work Hours: Monday-Friday, 7:00 AM-7:00 PM
Fencing: As we have been emphasizing in our updates for the past year, the fencing will need to stay up until the lawns have grown in enough to withstand typical park foot traffic and maintenance activities. This is expected to be late next spring (approximately June 2014) based on normal growing conditions. In the meantime, we received a request from the Nature and Greenspaces Committee to try to find a way to configure the fencing so that folks could get to the river access ramp. We are glad to say that a route through is available. Click on image below for larger view.
October 7, 2013
Phase 1 work is going well and the construction is still on schedule. JW Fowler has finished the shallow water habitat and is working on the river access ramp, the last gabion wall, and site clean-up. Crews also continue to work on the irrigation system, after which planting can begin. We still expect to conclude heavy construction in December. Photos: left, the end of the river access ramp in lower water conditions; right, the ramp when the water is higher
September 23, 2013
Phase 1 work is going well and the construction is currently on schedule. JW Fowler is nearly finished with the shallow water habitat; they should finish it this week then move to the southern rip rap bank. Crews also continue to work on the irrigation system, after which planting can begin. We still expect to conclude heavy construction in December. Photo: looking north; upper left: Curry St sheetpile wall, center: vault wall with willows, right: shallow water habitat and yellow sediment curtains
September 3, 2013
Phase 1 work is going well and the construction is currently on schedule. We still expect to conclude heavy construction in December. During low water, JW Fowler continues to work on the shallow water habitat, which they are sequencing to occur during low tides. At higher elevations, soil and irrigation are being placed to be ready for planting the riparian habitat later this fall. Photo: looking south, Curry St sheetpile wall
Funding to complete Phase 1 was approved by City Council the last week of June 2013. At the end of construction this season, we anticipate the completion of all the bank stabilization work (three types of walls - gabion, sheet pile, and vault), removal of contaminated soils, the construction of a shallow water habitat for fish, a path providing water access, native plantings, and a restored upland area with benches, a pathway, and grass.
The Greenway Project phasing was introduced to the South Waterfront Community on March 21, 2012 at a Nature and Green Spaces Committee meeting. Phase 1 is the Riverbank Restoration which includes removal of contaminated soil, installation of retaining walls, riparian habitat, and the osprey pole, plus repair of areas of the site that were damaged during construction. Phase 2 includes the Upland Park, with pedestrian and bicycle paths, seating, lighting, lawns, and the public art piece. Portland Parks & Recreation remains committed to completion of this project. No features of the project are expected to be changed or eliminated as a result of the phasing.
We know that construction is inconvenient, messy, and sometimes dangerous. By providing accurate and timely information, we will do our best to let you know what to expect.