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The City of Portland, Oregon

Portland Parks & Recreation

Healthy Parks, Healthy Portland

Phone: 503-823-7529

1120 SW Fifth Avenue, Portland, OR 97204

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1120 SW Fifth Ave, Suite 1302
Portland, OR 97204

503-823-PLAY (7529)

Maija Spencer, Public Involvement Coordinator


Jill Hutchinson, Project Manager


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Marshall Park: Owl Creek and Foley Balmer Bridge Replacement

  • New bridge over Owl Creek in Marshall Park

  • New bridge at Foley-Balmer Natural Area

  • Closed Owl Creek bridge in Marshall Park

  • Location of former bridge at Foley-Balmer Natural Area

Project Updates


October 2019

The new bridges are compete and open for use. 

April 2019

Preparations for construction of the new bridges at Foley-Balmer and Marshall Park will begin the week of April 8, 2019. In the next few weeks, you may see survey markers, installation of tree protection and construction fencing, and trail closures. Work will be completed by Fall 2019. 

 Fall 2018

The project is currently wrapping up the permitting process. Next, the project will go out for bid, and a contract will be put into place for the construction. PP&R currently anticipates construction to begin in summer 2019 with completion by fall 2019.

In preparation for construction, 10 trees will be removed in early February 2019. The tree removals are carefully timed to happen outside of the bird nesting season. Eight of the trees were identified by the project arborist as dead, hazardous, or nuisance species. Two trees are located where the new bridge footing and trail connections will be. One of the trees removed will be left as a tall snag to provide habitat. As part of the site restoration at the end of construction, 10 new trees and 18 shrubs will be planted.

Project Overview

Thanks to funding from the voter-approved Parks Replacement Bond, this project will replace a bridge in the Foley-Balmer Natural Area and the Owl Creek Bridge in Marshall Park. Both of these bridges have been out of service for several years, and the new bridges will help reconnect popular SW trails.

Project Schedule

Fall 2017 - Fall 2018
Design and Permitting

Fall 2018 - Spring 2019
Bidding and Contracting

April 2019 - October 2019

October 2019
Bridges open for use

Public Involvement Coordinator
Maija Spencer,, 503-823-5593

Project Manager
Jill Hutchinson,, 971-940-5733