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Come See Draft Designs for the Washington Park Reservoirs at Open House

By Lindsay Wochnick

The first of three public open houses was held on July 25. There will be more opportunities for you to get involved, including viewing open house presentations and displays online.

The Portland Water Bureau seeks more public input and feedback about a series of design concepts for the two Washington Park reservoir sites. These concepts were generated with input from a group that includes park users and community representatives. The public is invited to help explore and determine the above-ground features of the sites.

The open house is Wednesday, October 16, 2013, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the Zion Lutheran Church, 1015 SW 18th Avenue in Southwest Portland.  Parking is free and a children’s activity area will be provided. The following TriMet lines service the open house location:

  • MAX Blue and Red lines - Goose Hollow stop
  • Bus lines - 15, 51, 63, 83

Due to a federal mandate, the aging 120-year old Washington Park open reservoirs will be replaced with one 15-million gallon underground reservoir with a water feature on top, and the second will be re-purposed as an overflow and storm water retention tank, including a de-chlorination facility. 

Talk to the Project Team
Meet with Portland Water Bureau staff, project engineers, landscape architects, and a historic preservationist. Review project challenges, issues and considerations, and learn about the preservation efforts of the historical elements.  A 10-minute overview presentation will be given every half hour.

Participate Online
If you are unable to attend the open house, please visit the project website during October 2013 to review displays and comment on project challenges and ideas:

Additional Opportunities to Provide Feedback
To learn about additional opportunities to get involved, including the Community Sounding Board meetings, mailing list and community briefings, visit the project website.

Lindsay Wochnick
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