The new MAX line crosses Johnson Creek right at the Tacoma Street station. At the station, you can take a boardwalk to an overlook of the creek and a series of interpretive panels about the natural and human history at this location.
The watershed council and engineering firm Vigil-Agrimis restored this section of the creek in 2013. The project improved stream habitat by adding boulders, large wood, and a side channel that provides refuge for salmon and other fish during high water. This is part of restoration efforts happening all along Johnson Creek – from the headwaters in Boring to the confluence with the Willamette River in Milwaukie.
The new boardwalk provides a great viewing area of the creek, where migratory salmon spawn and many other native fish and wildlife live. The project happened thanks to the Ardenwald-Johnson Creek Neighborhood Association and Oregon Community Foundation, along with dozens of community donors and partners.