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 is designing 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. Project design is underwway and construction and is scheduled to start in 2017.
Please contact Becky Tillson at 503-823-7097 or Becky.Tillson@portlandoregon.gov with any questions or comments.