Restoration Creek, a Fanno Creek tributary, flows through Albert Kelly Park near Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway and SW 39th Avenue. The creek flows above ground through the upper northeast portion of the park, then drains into a pipe that carries the water through the lower southwest portion of the park.
Piping small headwater streams significantly changes stream function. Water moves much faster through a smooth, straight pipe than it would naturally through a complex stream channel connected to a floodplain.
Environmental Services has completed construction of a project to remove a portion of the pipe, bring Restoration Creek back to the surface, and restore natural stream function. Daylighting streams that are in underground pipes brings the flow back to the surface and helps slow stormwater runoff.
Project partners and stakeholders are Portland Parks & Recreation, Bridlemile Neighborhood Association, and SW Trails.
Construction is complete.
In November, crews will install a new split rail fence around the new stream and riparian area. See below for information about a community planting day to install plants in the riparian area.
Community Planting Day – Join us!
Please join PP&R, the Bridlemile Neighborhood Association, SW Neighborhoods Inc. and Environmental Services for a community planting day on Saturday, November 18th from 9:00 a.m. to noon. This is a family friendly event and all are welcome; children must be accompanied by an adult. Instruction, gloves, tools and light refreshments will be provided. Please dress for the weather, wear long pants and closed-toe shoes and bring a water bottle. This event honors the memory of Greg, Schifsky, a long-time volunteer.
Please RSVP at https://www.portlandoregon.gov/ parks/article/655701. Contact Mary Verrilli at 503-823-9423 or mailto:Mary.Verrilli@PortlandOregon.govwith any questions about registering for the event.
For More Information
Below are some photos of the site before construction and during tree removal - check in soon for more construction photos! (Hover over each photo for a description and more detail.)