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The Big Float 2017! And more waterfront opportunities with the Eastbank Crescent project!

The Big Float is this weekend! The event is a part of the non-profit Human Access Project, headed by our friend, Will Levenson. Find out more about the event at: http://www.thebigfloat.com/

At THE HAPpenning Big Float Pre-Party last month, Mayor Ted Wheeler, Brett Horner (Portland Parks and Recreation), Kaitlin

Lovell (Bureau of Environmental Services) Mike Lindberg (former City Councilman) and Sallie Edmunds (Bureau of Planning and Sustainability) unveiled the Eastbank Crescent Project. The Eastbank Crescent is located between the Hawthorne and Marquam bridges on the eastbank of the Willamette River. The purpose of the project is to create a recreational destination and a fish and wildlife habitat refuge.  The project is a collaborative effort between City of Portland’s Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, Bureau of Environmental Services (BES), Portland Development Commission, Portland Parks and Recreation, GreenWorks, Mayer-Reed, and Flowing Solutions. Based on existing conditions analysis, constraints and opportunities, two concepts were developed including maximizing recreation and maximizing habitat.  GreenWorks, with sub consultant, Inter-fluve Inc., was task by BES to enhance in-water nearshore habitat for ESA-listed fish, restore riparian and upland habitat for birds and wildlife, and incorporate river habitat education opportunities. An array of habitat treatments were considered including laying back the riverbank to create more habitat by vegetating with native plants, undulating the shallow water area with alcoves or backchannels to enhance fish habitat and creating viewpoints and access for education.  The concepts were presented to stakeholders and the public in spring and summer of 2016 and to City Council on June 7, 2017.

GreenWorks welcomes Matthew Crampton

This week, Matthew Crampton joined GreenWorks as Senior Project Manager. With almost a decade of experience, Matthew brings an energy and passion for context appropriate placemaking on urban design, planning, parks, higher education, and transportation projects. Welcome Matthew!

Poet’s Beach Opens Along the Willamette July 13

The City of Portland will officially open Poet’s Beach along the Willamette River next week, located in South Waterfront Park, under the Marquam Bridge. Will Levenson, head of the non-profit Human Access Project, led the effort to change people’s perceptions of the river and encourage recreation along the waterfront. GreenWorks became involved in the Human Access Project in 2012, and we’re honored to be part of making Will’s vision a reality.

Poet’s Beach will be staffed with lifeguards seven days a week through Labor Day and will feature amenities, including picnic tables and restrooms. For more information, see the Human Access Project webpage: http://www.humanaccessproject.com/swimming/willamette_river_beaches/poet_s_beach

Mike Danko of the City of Independence Retiring

GreenWorks would like to acknowledge the extraordinary pubic service of Mike Danko, Community Development Director of the City of Independence, Oregon.  After almost three decades with the City, Mike is retiring. GreenWorks feels privileged to have worked alongside Mike on numerous projects, including the Downtown Revitalization Project, Fountain project, Amphitheater, Veterans Memorial, Parks and Open Space Master Plan, Independence Landing, and  the Soccer Complex. A true visionary, Mike’s commitment to community services is an inspiration to us all. Best Wishes, Mike!

Pictured here: Mike Danko and Mayor John McArdle

 

Happy Solstice!

In the Northern Hemisphere, peak sunlight usually occurs on June 20, 21, or 22 of the year, giving us the Summer Solstice. In Portland, that means 15.5 to 16 hours of daylight. Enjoy the extra daylight with a bike ride along the Trolley Trail, which can be reached from TriMet’s SE Park Station on the Portland-Milwaukie Orange Line. GreenWorks provided landscape architectural services for the final design of the Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail. Along the trolley trail section, GreenWorks provided trail improvements including plant selections.  For more information on the Orange Line: http://catchtheorange.com/#/stations

Green is Always in Season!

NBA season may be over, but at the Moda Center, the lush new landscape is definitely in season. GreenWorks provided services for the Portland Trail Blazers’ Moda Center Exterior project. The project enhanced the Center’s landscaping with native and drought-resistant plants, provided waterproofing, and replenished the grounds with healthier soils and stormwater facilities, reducing the site’s landscaping water use by 20-30%. GreenWorks’ Derek Sergison captured these sunrise shots.

Hike Canemah Bluff!

It’s the perfect time of year for family-friendly hike on the Canemah Bluff Overlook Trail in Oregon City. The Camas flowers have been in bloom this spring, and Derek Sergison recently visited to take these beautiful photos. GreenWorks completed this Metro project in 2016. For more information and directions, see Metro’s website: http://www.oregonmetro.gov/parks/canemah-bluff-nature-park

Gill Williams at The University of Oregon, Portland School of Architecture

Gill went back to school this spring term, co-teaching a design studio at the University of Oregon’s School of Architecture. Co-led by Tim Smith, Principal at SERA Architects, the studio entitled Portland Green Loop: A Placemaking Armature for the 21st Century City explored how the public infrastructure of cities “can be a catalyst for the (re)generation of whole and beautiful city districts and neighborhoods, and why the public realm needs to be multi-functional from an economic, environmental, and social standpoint.” (excerpt from the syllabus) The 6-mile long Green Loop is a linear greenway envisioned for Portland’s central city area. Spanning the Willamette River and touching a variety of close-in districts and neighborhoods this pedestrian-centric facility is envisioned as a park, transportation corridor, urban placemaking catalyst, habitat and social experiment. 25 first year masters students spent 10 weeks exploring the possibilities of “The Green Loop” and the re-imagining of the neighborhoods along the alignment. Guest speakers during the studio included representatives from the City of Portland, the local development community and architecture, planning and landscape architecture practitioners. The studio culminated in two days of presentations by the students to a variety of local professionals.

Washougal Waterfront Nature Play Area

GreenWorks was hired by The Port of Camas-Washougal to design a new nature play area.  The play area will be a highlight along a mile-long trail that begins at Washougal Waterfront Park and meanders along the shoreline of the Columbia River.  The focal point in the play area is a large existing boulder nicknamed “Erric the Erratic” and playful sculpture of a sasquatch pulling the boulder out of the earth.  The Port is seeking a name for the sasquatch. To submit your idea, visit the website:  http://portwaterfrontparks.com/sasquatch/

GreenWorks is working with NW Playground and ID Sculptures to create this unique play element.

Peter Courtney Minto Island Bridge Welcomes Honored Guests

The Minto Island Bridge, a project 40 years in the making, welcomed its first pedestrians in an inaugural walk this past Thursday. The bridge has officially been named after one of Salem’s longtime Oregon Senate Presidents and dedicated community members, Peter Courtney. The long-anticipated bridge connects three major urban parks and more than 20 miles of trails along the Willamette River. The bridge was designed by OBEC Consulting Engineers. GreenWorks had the pleasure of developing a conceptual framework that integrated existing park features, such as the “Eco Earth” art globe, with new terraced seatwalls and complemented accent plantings. The bridge will be celebrating its grand opening in August. For more information, please visit the Statesman Journal at: http://www.statesmanjournal.com/story/news/2017/04/27/peter-courtney-bridge-salem-oregon-walk-across/100951398/

GreenWorks welcomes (back) Jim Figurski

We are very pleased to announce the return of Jim Figurski to GreenWorks! Jim Figurski is a licensed landscape architect (Oregon #210) and Fellow in the American Society of Landscape Architects.  His career spans more than 35 years of service to public and private clients.  Welcome back, Jim!

Sandpoint First and Cedar

GreenWorks is currently working on an exciting project in the City of Sandpoint, Idaho. The First and Cedar Streetscape Project, led by Century West Engineering, seeks to enhance the character of Downtown Sandpoint by creating a built environment that encourages and supports multi-modal transportation on a pedestrian-friendly scale. For more information on this project, please visit its website: http://sandpointstreets.com/

So many people are contributing to the success of this project. GreenWorks wants to acknowledge team partners Christine Fueston and Dennis Fuller of Century West Engineering, Kody Van Dyk and Debbie Van Dyk of Clearwater Engineering, Morrison Maierle (traffic engineering), ALLWEST (geotech), Trindera Engineering (electrical engineering), James A. Sewell and Associates (land surveying), and Plateau Archaeological Investigations (archaeological/cultural). Thanks Team!

Best Unknown Firms

The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) Professional Practice Network’s blog is shining a spotlight on “the best unknown firms” in the industry. GreenWorks was named among those “unsung heroes/heroines in the biz.” What a very nice distinction! GreenWorks is very proud of our small, but mighty stature! Here’s a link to the article: https://thefield.asla.org/2017/04/04/landscape-architectures-best-unknown-firm
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An Exciting Project in Astoria!

Mike Faha and Derek Sergison recently visited Astoria earlier this month for a series of public meetings related to the Shively Park and McClure Park Master Plans. The public meetings will help our master planning team collect community input that will lead to establishing a future vision for these parks. We are very excited to be working again in Astoria. Other recent work includes the Astoria Waterfront Visioning Plan, The Riverwalk project, and Downtown Wayfinding Plan.

Old Youngs Bay Landing Interpretive Display Project

If you happen to be headed to the coast Presidents Day Weekend, be sure to stop at the Old Youngs Bay Landing Interpretive Display Project. GreenWorks assisted Suenn Ho, Principal at Resolve Architecture and Planning, with site planning an interpretive display near the Old Youngs Bay and Lewis and Clark bridges for the Oregon Department of Transportation. Old Youngs Bay and Lewis Clark Bridges were built by Conde B. McCullough in 1921 and 1924.  Both bridges are being repaired to bring them up to code. The display consists of salvaged materials from both bridges and the rustic panels are comprised of etched historic drawings, biographical information and student poems and drawings celebrating  McCullough’s craftsmanship behind the historic bridges.  The interpretative display was complete in May of 2016 and is located on the western approach to the Lewis and Clark River in Astoria Oregon.

Astor Elementary Project Completed

Last summer, we blogged about Astor Elementary School’s depaving project where a group of volunteers spent a Saturday removing 5,000 square feet of asphalt to make way for a new playground. The demolition was orchestrated by Depave (depave.org) whose mission is to assist communities in transforming their pavement lots into neighborhood greenspaces. We are very pleased to share that the new playground is now complete and includes a turf mound, group swings, tree groves, and a custom log and boulder climber.  These elements were carefully designed and arranged to have a high play value and promote social play with the use of manufactured equipment and natural materials.