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SAVE THE DATE -- Community Event to Honor the Past, Present, & Future of the Washington Park Reservoirs

By Lindsay Wochnick

Save the Date

Honoring the Past, Present, & Future of the Washington Park Reservoirs
Saturday, June 25, 2016
1 – 4 p.m.
Washington Park Reservoir Site

Washington Park Reservoirs - Past Future

Members of the community are cordially invited to a commemoration event on Saturday, June 25, 2016, honoring the past and present and looking towards the future of the Washington Park Reservoir site. 

The event, open to all, will feature: 

  • A “toss a penny into the reservoir, make a wish” tribute
  • Opportunity to photograph the reservoirs
  • Retrospective display boards
  • Guided walking tours at 2 p.m. and again at 3 p.m., departing from Reservoir 3’s Grand Staircase

Information and renderings will also be displayed detailing the upcoming eight-year capital improvement project at the Washington Park site. The project team from the Portland Water Bureau and contractor Hoffman Construction Company will be available to answer general project questions.

The project, scheduled to begin July 1, 2016, includes building a new, seismically reinforced below ground reservoir. The reservoir will maintain the historic drinking water function provided by the original reservoirs and has been engineered to withstand ongoing landslide encroachment and potentially catastrophic effects of a major earthquake. A reflecting pool will be featured on top in the same general footprint as the historical Reservoir 3. Reservoir 4 will be disconnected from the public drinking water system, and a lowland habitat area/bioswale and a reflecting pool constructed in the basin. For more information about the project, visit  

Attendees are encouraged to bring refillable water bottles and wear comfortable clothes and shoes. Portable restrooms will be available.

Parking and accessibility will be limited. Please consider using the bus and light rail, walking, biking and skating, or taking the free park shuttle. Visit and for transit options.


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