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Healthy Parks, Healthy Portland

Phone: 503-823-7529

1120 SW Fifth Avenue, Portland, OR 97204

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503-823-PLAY (7529)

Jaime English, Capital Project Manager and Park Planner


Elizabeth Kennedy-Wong, Community Engagement


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Columbia Children’s Arboretum

Management Plan Goals and Comment Form

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Deadline for comments is August 2, 2018, 5:00PM

The original Management Plan Goals were included in the 2004 Master Plan. The following goals have been updated by the Project Advisory Committee in June 2018.

A Park for All Portlanders
  • Create an open, inviting and accessible entrance to the site
  • Build on partnerships for programs and maintenance
  • Build on and support the work of the Friends of CCA
Recreation Needs
  • Meet the recreation needs of existing and future residents
  • Focus on creating flexible spaces that are universally accessible and encourage discovery through nature-based play
  • Provide a variety of spaces and facilities that match the look and feel of the site, facilitate accessibility, side by side play and integrate recreation in to all elements
  • Incorporate play experience opportunities throughout the park
Environmental Restoration
  • Promote a culture of education, respect and understanding for the habitat and restoration effort
  • Commit time and resources to ensure that Indigenous peoples have the opportunity to advise on and support restoration effort
Interpretive Programs
  • Provide restoration involvement opportunities for diverse school groups and the community
  • Embed education and interpretation into all design aspects of the site
Beauty and Character of the Site
  • Enhance and improve the park’s visual character through a vegetation management program that improves views, defines open spaces, and maintains a cohesive planting design/natural character

- Click here to provide your feedback! -
Deadline for comments is August 2, 2018, 5:00PM

Portland Parks & Recreation is conducting an improvement project the Columbia Children's Arboretum.The 2004 Columbia Children’s Arboretum Management Plan outlines a long term vision for the park: to protect the site natural resources while providing needed recreational opportunities.

This improvement project will address the following elements identified in the 2004 Management Plan;

  • Access and circulation improvements including an accessible main trail through the park and ADA parking.
  • A sheltered area for groups to gather and outdoor education programs

During this improvement project PP&R will work with community and design consultants to;

  1. Identify a detailed scope of project elements within the project budget.
  2. Develop a design that fits the landscape character of the Children’s Arboretum.
  3. Draft construction drawings.
  4. Go through a bidding process to identify a construction contractor.
  5. Build out the designed improvements.
Project Schedule
Community outreach and input Conducted throughout entire project
Project start up Fall 2017
Site assessments Winter 2017/2018
Listening sessions Spring 2018
Design alternatives Summer 2018
Final design and construction drawings Fall 2018/Winter 2018
Permitting and construction Winter/Spring 2019

Community Engagement Process
Our community engagement process will include a Public Advisory Committee offering guidance to the design team throughout the design process, stakeholder listening sessions, 2 community gatherings where we will review design alternatives and the final design. Dates for these events will be posted as they are finalized.

Technical Advisory Committee (TAC)
A team of PP&R and City staff is working throughout the design process to identify needs and issues from an operations perspective.

Design Consultant
NNA Landscape Architects has worked on a number of Portland Parks & Recreation Projects including the Powell Butte Nature Center.

Jaime English, Capital Project Manager and Park Planner
971-413-5922   |

Elizabeth Kennedy-Wong, Community Engagement
503-823-5113   |    elizabeth