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The City of Portland, Oregon

Portland Parks & Recreation

Healthy Parks, Healthy Portland

Phone: 503-823-7529

1120 SW Fifth Avenue, Portland, OR 97204

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Irving Park Nature Patch

Portland Parks & Recreation and the Bureau of Environmental Services are collaborating at Irving Park to create nature patches and rain gardens that will capture rainwater, foster habitat for wildlife, and add natural features for you to enjoy.

Irving Park

Several areas on the west side of Irving Park will be converted to natural landscaping that will include flowering native plants, stormwater swales, logs, boulders, split-rail fencing, and paths.

Stormwater Features Map

Nature patches and rain gardens will capture the large volume of rain that flows off the park's hilly and compacted terrain. Capturing rainwater is especially important during storms to reduce flooding in nearby streets and to help prevent the public sewer system from being overwhelmed by stormwater.

This project will bring nature to the neighborhood that works to protect public health and the environment by helping prevent flooding, sewer backups into basements, and overflows into the Willamette River during heavy rain.

Areas targeted for nature patch landscaping include the degraded slopes around the basketball courts and between the dog-off-leash-area and the picnic areas. The design for the nature patch will be available later this summer. Click here to view the map of stormwater features coming to the park.

Please contact the project manager, Eric Rosewall, at eric.rosewall@portlandoregon.gov or 503-341-0855 with questions or concerns. 

Here's how the nature patch will help capture stormwater.

Nature Patch Swales


While the rain gardens are currently in the early design phase, landscaping to create the nature patches will begin this fall and planting will take place over next winter.

Help create this beautiful space! Click here to sign up to attend a planting event.


Once the nature patch is complete, the next phase of the project will include building rain gardens to capture excessive rainfall downslope of the nature patches as well as from the basketball and tennis courts. To learn more about this phase please visit the webpage here, or contact Matt Gough with the Bureau of Environmental Services by email or phone 503-823-5352.

The Irving Park Nature Patch is funded through the BES Percent for Green Program.