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Parks & Recreation

Healthy Parks, Healthy Portland

Phone: 503-823-PLAY (7529)

Fax: 503-823-6007

1120 SW Fifth Ave., Suite 1302, Portland, OR 97204

River View Natural Area

  • Site clean-up

Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) is currently managing the River View Natural Area (RVNA) to stabilize the site and control the growth of invasive species. PP&R will work with a consultant team, a technical advisory committee, and a project advisory committee (PAC) to create a Management Plan that will protect and enhance the natural resources of the RVNA by:

  • Directing future management priorities with a science-based approach;
  • Protecting core natural areas and identifying enhancement projects;
  • Designing a trail system that is compatible with protection of the natural resources; and
  • Identifying environmental interpretation and research opportunities. 

Project Partners
Portland Parks & Recreation, Bureau of Environmental Services, Metro, Trust for Public Lands

Project Advisory Committee
Brian Baumann, Adam Clinton Baylor, Sarah Bice, Corrina Chase, Michel George, Michael Karnosh, Marci Krass, Fran Laird, Steve Manton, Chris Sautter, Jennifer Seamans, Chad Sorber, Charlie Sponsel, Mauricio Villarreal, Jay Withgott

Project Manager
Emily Roth, Natural Resource Planner
Phone: 503-823-9225

Public Involvement Coordinator
Maija Spencer, Program Specialist
Phone: 503-823-7720


August - September 2013 (Relevant Information)

  • Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) Site Reconnaissance Tour, September 18
  • Project Advisory Committee (PAC) Site Tour, September 26
  • Consultant Team prepares Relevant Information / Site Tour Summary Technical Memo

October - December 2013 (Identify Goals, Opportunities & Constraints)

  • PAC Meeting, October 8
  • TAC Meeting, October 15

October 2013 - January 2014 (Site Analysis)

  • Consultant Team prepares Site Analysis and Base Plan
  • Community Open House, November 12
  • PAC Meeting, January 22

February - July 2014 (Draft Concept Plan)

  • Develop design criteria
  • Prepare Concept Plan with ecological prescriptions, trails, and access overlay
  • CANCELLED (updated 6/18/14) - PAC Meeting (was schedule for Wed, June 25, 5:30-7:30pm)
  • CANCELLED (updated 6/18/14) - Community Open House (was scheduled for Wed, July 9, 6:00-8:00pm)

August - November 2014 (Draft Management Plan)

  • Consultant team prepares Management Plan and cost estimate
  • PAC Meeting - Date TBA
  • Community Open House - Date TBA

December 2014 (Finalized Management Plan)

  • Plan completion


April 2014
The City/Consultant team is continuing to work on the many plan components and needs more time to critically look at habitat protection, trail placement, and access/parking since hearing from the Project Advisory Committee in January and the Collins View Neighborhood Association in February.

Schedule Update

  1. Next PAC meeting  – draft plan presentation - Date TBA
  2. Second Open House  – revised draft plan presentation with a two week comment period - Date TBA
  3. Final PAC meeting late September/early October 2014 – draft final plan
  4. Plan completion at the end of December

Continued Work
The City/Consultant Team will continue to:

  • Complete the ecological work for protection of core habitat and riparian areas, and ecological prescriptions.
  • Develop site-specific design criteria for dogs, walking/hiking trails, mountain biking trails, viewing areas, and gathering space. These criteria will be used to evaluate whether dogs on leash will be allowed/not allowed; location of walking/hiking trails and viewing areas; allowance and location of mountain biking trails if appropriate; and educational activities.
  • Evaluate areas for parking and access, including working with Lewis and Clark College and River View Cemetery.
  • Develop the draft plan showing core habitat, riparian areas, trails and viewing areas, parking and access, and management recommendations.

Onsite Activity

  1. Restoration work – planted 50,000 trees and shrubs and removal of invasive species.
  2. Continued allowed use for walking/hiking and bicycling on trails open to the public – enjoy spring as the trees leaf out and birds sing. If the trails are too wet and you can see your tracks, please do not recreate at River View Natural Area until the trails dry.
  3. Dogs must be on leash at all times.

The River View Natural Area (RVNA) is a 146-acre forested parcel connecting Forest Park to the north, Tryon State Natural Area to the south, and the Willamette River to the east. It is nestled between SW Macadam Ave and SW Terwilliger Blvd in southwest Portland. The RVNA has significant ecological value; 7 streams, 130 plant species, 31 mammal species, and 74 avian species have been documented at this site. It comprises about half of the forest canopy in the 350-acre River View Subwatershed of the Lower Willamette Watershed. 

Under private ownership until 2011, the RVNA was logged in the 1800s and 1950s and subjected to vegetative neglect over the next 60 years. In July 2011, the City of Portland, in partnership with Metro and Trust for Public Land, acquired the property. It is one of the largest single natural area acquisitions in the City’s history.