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Portland Parks & Recreation

Healthy Parks, Healthy Portland

Phone: 503-823-7529

1120 SW Fifth Avenue, Portland, OR 97204

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503-823-PLAY (7529)

Sandra Burtzos, Project Manager


Barbara Hart, Community Engagement


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Columbia Children’s Arboretum

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. Develop construction drawings and specifications
  4. Take the project through Environmental Land Use Review and obtain Building Permits
  5. Go through bidding process to identify a construction contractor
  6. Build the designed improvements
Project Schedule
Community outreach and input Conducted throughout entire project
Project start up Fall 2017
Site assessments Winter 2018
Listening sessions Spring 2018
Design alternatives Summer 2018
Final concept design Fall 2018
Construction documents and Land Use Review Winter 2019 – Summer 2020
Permitting Fall 2020
Bidding and Contracting Winter - Spring 2021
Construction Summer 2021 - Spring 2022

Community Engagement Process
Our community engagement process included a Public Advisory Committee offering guidance to the design team throughout the design process, stakeholder listening sessions, 2 community gatherings where we reviewed design alternatives and the final design.

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.

Sandra Burtzos  |  Assets & Development Division
503-823-5594  |

Barbara Hart, Community Engagement
503-823-5596  |