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Phone: 503-823-7740

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1120 SW 5th Ave, Suite 613, Portland, OR 97204

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Custer Park Stormwater Facility

Updated July 9, 2020

Environmental Services – your sewer and stormwater utility – is postponing construction of a stormwater management project in Custer Park. Custer Park is a Portland Parks and Recreation property with an existing stormwater channel and a small pond designed for stormwater storage. The project, near the headwaters of Stephens Creek, will include improvements to the existing stormwater channel, removal of invasive plants, and upgrades to the existing stormwater pond.

Construction Schedule

Construction is currently postponed. There is no date set yet for construction. In the meantime, maintenance crews will continue to perform necessary work in and around the existing channel and pond to ensure the existing stormwater system captures stormwater runoff.

Stormwater Detention Pond

The current pond at Custer Park is overgrown with vegetation and had been backfilled over safety concerns. Maintenance crews will help clear vegetation within the pond, including an overgrown willow tree. This work is scheduled to happen in the near future and in cooperation with Portland Parks and Recreation maintenance staff.

About Stephens Creek

Stephens Creek runs from its headwaters near Hillsdale to the Willamette River, just north of the Sellwood Bridge. It is unique in Portland in that it runs largely above ground. Smaller tributaries and springs feed the stream, in addition to stormwater runoff. Based on an understanding of southwest Portland’s unique geology, hydrology, and geography, Environmental Services is working with partners to improve and restore watershed health in Stephens Creek. A healthy watershed provides habitat for fish, birds, and other wildlife and delivers cold, clean water to the Willamette River.

The Custer Park Stormwater Improvement Project is one of a series of stormwater improvement projects near the headwaters of Stephens Creek.

For more information about Stephens Creek, go to

Stephens Creek Map

For More Information

If you have questions or comments, or if you would like more information, please contact Joe Tursi at 503-823-5753 or