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Fulton Pump Station

Fulton Pump Station (in Willamette Park)

Project Overview

On March 19, 2011, the Portland Water Bureau unveiled the proposed design of its new drinking water pump station to be built in Willamette Park during a public open house. The community was invited to view the facility's architectural design and landscaping plans. The exterior concept is to let the building quietly express the context of the park while blending in to the natural landscape.

A nine-member citizen Project Advisory Committee (PAC) met over a three month period with project architects and staff from Portland Parks & Recreation and Water Bureau to choose and refine design elements for the exterior of the facility. The PAC also advised on a landscaping plan that will complement the park.  In addition to the huge pumps needed to convey water up to many southwest neighborhoods, the building will house a new larger public restroom and park equipment storage area.

In 2009, staff from Portland Parks & Recreation and the Water Bureau sought the opinions of area neighborhood associations, businesses, park users and the public about siting options for rebuilding the city's 99-year old Fulton Pump Station, located in a residential area on SW Nevada Street, between Macadam Avenue and Virginia Avenue. Participants supported siting the new facility in nearby Willamette Park.

In January, a Project Advisory Committee (PAC) was established to ensure the building will complement the park. PAC members met with project architects and City staff to discuss the exterior of the facility and choose design elements. The building will also house a new larger public restroom and park equipment storage area.


Following the completion of the five month long public involvement process in February 2009, Portland Water Bureau and Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) staff spent time drafting a Recommendation Report that called for building the replacement pump station in Willamette Park as the best option for the public.

The Water Bureau then began to conduct survey work inside the park in order to provide the required legal description of the exact site for an agreement between the Parks Bureau and Water Bureau.  Water Bureau staff will work with PP&R to review survey results, examine any potential barriers to the proposed siting locations (such as trees, recreational use, etc.) and to ascertain the preferred locations for siting the station and staging equipment and materials during the construction phase.

Additional Information
For information about this project, contact Tim Hall, Public Information, at 503-823-6926 or 503-381-0056 (cell).

Thank you for your patience and cooperation as the Portland Water Bureau works to improve the city’s century old water system.