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The City of Portland, Oregon

Environmental Services

working for clean rivers

Phone: 503-823-7740

Fax: 503-823-6995

MAILING ADDRESS: 1120 SW 5th Ave, Room 1000, Portland, OR 97204

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Custer Park Stormwater Facility

Updated April 23, 2019

Environmental Services is in the early design stages for a stormwater management project at Custer Park in SW Portland. Custer Park is a Portland Parks and Recreation property with an existing stormwater channel and a small pond designed for stormwater storage. This project will add native plants in the channel and increase the amount of water the pond can store. 

The purpose of this project is to improve water quality and habitat and to manage stormwater flows into Stephens Creek. This will provide local and downstream benefits including cleaner water, reductions in peak flows, and better wildlife habitat. Construction tentatively schedule for summer 2020.

Custer Park Stormwater Management Project

Features of this design:

  • Existing trees remain intact
  • Increase water storage in pond
  • Pond to drain after rain event
  • Enhance channel vegetation

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.

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