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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.

Children and Nature Symposium

Ben Johnson will be taking part in two panel discussions at the Children and Nature Symposium, organized by the Intertwine Alliance. Ben will be contributing to conversations on “Rethinking Risk and Liability in Outdoor Spaces” and “Optimizing Creative Play – a New Way to Look at Playgrounds.”

Event details:

Where: Oregon Zoo (4001 Southwest Canyon Road, Portland, OR 97221) in the Cascade Crest ballroom

When: Mon, Mar 13, 2017, 9:00 AM

For more info: http://www.theintertwine.org/calendar/children-nature-schools-symposium-finding-new-ways-help-our-students-thrive-0

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/children-nature-schools-symposium-and-green-schools-tour-tickets-31112227510

GreenWorks welcomes Gini Piercy, Landscape Designer

Gini has a Masters of Landscape Architecture degree from the University of Oregon and a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Visual Arts from the University of Washington. After receiving her masters, Gini taught several courses at the University Of Oregon Department Of Landscape Architecture, including a course based on her Masters Project, applying contemporary drawing concepts and teaching methods to a landscape architecture curriculum in order to develop a comfort and confidence with the act of drawing in the design process. Gini’s appreciation of sensitive design and place identity stems from growing up on Ebey’s Landing National Historic Reserve, Whidbey Island. She credits this for leading her to work with cultural landscapes at the National Park Service and drawing her to GreenWorks. In her spare time Gini enjoys drawing, gardening, and exploring public lands with her boyfriend and their dog, Trooper.

Gill Williams named one of the Top Influencers in the Landscape Architecture Industry

Gill Williams, principal at GreenWorks, has been named one of the top influencers in the Landscape Architecture industry by the web entity Fixr. The architects were chosen by nationwide industry experts based on each individuals contribution to blogs and websites, as well as awards won and landscape associates. Follow the link to see all recognized individuals and opinions on upcoming trends for the Landscape Architecture industry: https://www.fixr.com/blog/2017/02/24/top-100-influencers-in-the-landscape-architecture-and-design-industry-2017/#ic10

Ridgewood View Park Awarded for Sustainable Infrastructure

The Tualatin Valley Water District’s (TVWD) Ridgewood View Park Reservoir and Pump Station was completed in October of 2016 (except for the lawn area, which will be roped off until spring). You can learn more about this project at TVWD’s website: http://www.ridgewoodviewwater.org/

GreenWorks aided TVWD in replacing an outdated reservoir with a new one adjacent to Ridgewood View Park in Beaverton. The new water project required extensive piping and construction staging on the Tualatin Hills Parks and Recreation District (THPRD) park site so, in turn, TVWD needed to upgrade the amenities in Ridgewood View. GreenWorks’ proposed new park elements, including open lawn, paths, parking, picnic shelters, access to natural areas, playgrounds, and a bocce ball and tennis court on top of the reservoir. Innovative elements for the project included terraced rain gardens that treat and convey stormwater from the roof of the reservoir. The park’s new rain gardens help screen the 15’ wall of the reservoir in the park and provide an educational resource for TVWD, THPRD, and the residents of the neighborhood.

This project received the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure’s (ISI) Envision rating system’s Gold Award. Read more about the award here: http://sustainableinfrastructure.org/envision/project-awards/ridgewood-view/

Washington Park Groundbreaking

Join Parks Commissioner Amanda Fritz, Parks Director Mike Abbaté, and Kimberly Bown, Chair of the Friends of Washington Park International Rose Test Garden, to celebrate the groundbreaking for ADA accessibility improvements at Washington Park International Rose Test Garden.


Groundbreaking Celebration:

Friday, February 24 – 1:00pm – 2:00pm (speakers at 1pm)

Meet by the Rose Garden Store, 400 SW Kingston Avenue*

Free and open to all!


*Note: Access and parking at Washington Park is limited due to Water Bureau Reservoir construction. The best access from downtown Portland is via W Burnside St to SW Tichner Drive.

Construction will begin in late February/early March and is expected to be complete by the end of May 2017. For more information about the project, please visit:

https://www.portlandoregon.gov/parks/69726

Making Improvements to Show We Care

GreenWorks is currently reviewing our sustainable office practices and looking for ways to improve. GreenWorks has been promoting sustainable design and sustainable office practices for decades, but we like to think that sustainability is not a destination, but a journey! There’s always room for improvement. This week, we received new recycling boxes from the City of Portland’s Sustainability at Work program. Each box comes printed with a list of what can and cannot be recycled in it. This will help maximize recycling in our office. We’re definitely starting the year off right. Even our Valentine’s Day decorations, made from repurposed paper, show our efforts to keep sustainability as a core value of the firm.