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MEDIA ADVISORY 09/16/16: Media Invited to Groundbreaking for Landmark Washington Park Reservoirs Resilience Project

The media is invited to a groundbreaking event for the Washington Park Reservoir, a landmark seismic resilience project, at noon on Monday, Sept. 26. The ceremony is at the Washington Park Chiming Fountain at Southwest Sherwood Boulevard and Southwest Sacajawea Boulevard. Reception immediately following the ceremony. Members of the Portland Water Bureau project staff and Commissioner Nick Fish will be available for interviews.

Limited parking is available on Southwest Wright Way and Southwest Washington Way.

For additional transportation options, please visit Explore Washington Park and TriMet.

At the event, media will have the opportunity to:

  • Hear from speakers on the significance of and need for the project
  • Conduct one-on-one interviews with project staff from the Water Bureau and contractor Hoffman Construction
  • Photograph parts of the active construction site and ceremonial groundbreaking

Project details and renderings will be provided.

The project includes building a new, seismically reinforced below ground reservoir. The reservoir will maintain the historic drinking water function provided by the original reservoirs and has been engineered to withstand ongoing landslide encroachment and potentially catastrophic effects of a major earthquake. A reflecting pool will be featured on top in the same general footprint as the historical Reservoir 3. Reservoir 4 will be disconnected from the public drinking water system, and a lowland habitat area/bioswale and a reflecting pool constructed in the basin.

For more information about the project, visit