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

Tanner Springs Park Honored as a Frontline Park

Tanner Springs Park was named a Frontline Park by the City Park Alliance. This is a designation bestowed on park projects that demonstrate urban park excellence, innovation, and stewardship. Tanner Spring Park is currently featured on City Park Alliance’s website and can be accessed at the link below.

Thanks to Portland Parks & Recreation Director Mike Abbaté and Mark Ross, Media Relations, for their help preparing the awards submittal!

http://www.cityparksalliance.org/why-urban-parks-matter/frontline-parks/parks/437

 

Canemah Bluff named “Trail of the Month”

Portland Monthly is featuring Canemah Bluff Nature Park as its Trail of the Month in the December issue:

http://www.pdxmonthly.com/articles/2016/11/14/trail-of-the-month-high-and-dry-winter-walks-at-canemah-bluff

Canemah Bluff is a 300-acre natural area owned and maintained by Metro within Oregon City. GreenWorks worked with Metro to develop public access to the sensitive oak savannah and woodland and which includes, improving hiking & walking trails, a new boardwalk and a foot-bridge, and scenic overlook. Many thanks to our friends at Metro, Rodney Wojtanik and Alex Perove, for including us in their wonderful project.

Tanner Springs Park continues to get international and national interest

On October 27, 2016 GreenWorks led a tour for the College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture of Beijing University and staff of Landscape Architecture Frontiers publication. This tour group was particularly interested in technical issues related to: soil/vegetation approaches for water quality treatment; the ultra- violet finishing treatment that allows for human contact with the treated water; and soil capping issues for a former brownfield site.

GreenWorks typically leads 4-6 tours per year since Tanner Springs Park opened in 2005. Tour groups have included national and international professional and environmental organizations and academic institutions. Visitors are interested in a variety of issues, including design inspiration, public involvement and outreach, and technical challenges.

Tanner Springs Design Team:

Artist: Herbert Dreiseitl, Ueberlingen, Germany
Landscape Architect: Dreiseitl/Waterscapes Inc. Ueberlingen, Germany
Local Landscape Architect: GreenWorks PC, Portland
Civil Engineers: KPFF Consulting Engineers, Portland
Mechanical/Electrical Engineering: R&W Engineering Inc., Beaverton
Fountain Engineering: CMS Collaborative, Santa Cruz
Botany and Wetland Plants: Cooke Scientific Services, Inc., Seattle
Construction: Slayden Construction, Slayton
Client: City of Portland Parks and Recreation

GreenWorks Projects Showcased in Design Exhibit

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The exhibit opened last night at Pacific Northwest College of ART (PNCA) and will run through December 17th before continuing on its national tour. Several events are scheduled throughout the Fall, including a screening of The Land: Adventure Playground (October 20th), a kids workshop on November 6th, and a panel discussion entitled “How Portland Does Play” on November 17th. (All events are at PNCA, 511 NW Broadway, admission is free). For more information, visit: www.designmuseumportland.org

Canemah Bluff Trails and Overlook

canemah_bluff_reducedcanemah_bluff_nature_parkcanemah_bluff_stone_carvingAs the beautiful autumn weather draws you outdoors, head south for an autumnal amble through Canemah Bluff Nature Park. Canemah Bluff is a 300-acre natural area owned and maintained by Metro within Oregon City. More active park amenities include the playground, basketball court, and picnic tables at Canemah Neighborhood Children’s Park. Continue along the mile-long unpaved trails into the natural area for a chance to glimpse sparrows, red-breasted sapsuckers, white-breasted nuthatches, orange-crowned warblers, hawks and eagles.

GreenWorks recently completed the Canemah Bluff Trails and Overlook project, working closely with Metro to develop public access to the sensitive oak savannah and woodland. The project included improving hiking trails, a new boardwalk, new foot-bridge, and a scenic overlook.

A highly active and passionate neighborhood group provided the project team with valuable input. The project design reflects Metro’s and the neighborhood’s goals for minimal impact, yet provides a safe place for users to enjoy the natural area.

For more information, visit:

http://www.oregonmetro.gov/parks/canemah-bluff-nature-park

Spring Park Now Complete

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GreenWorks recently completed this project for the North Clackamas Parks and Recreation District in Milwaukie. NCPRD partnered with the City of Milwaukie to improve in-stream and riparian areas and add a new trail access at Spring Park. As the project Landscape Architect, GreenWorks analyzed the topography and sensitive areas to find the ideal location for a soft surface trail, boardwalk, and overlook that would improve access and provide excellent user experience within the restored riparian landscape. The area spans 6.9 acres and includes amenities such as a walking trail, picnic facilities, a playground and parking.

Washington Park International Rose Test Garden Accessibility Improvements Project

Now in the schematic design phase, the Washington Park International Rose Test Garden Accessibility Improvements project renovates a portion of the garden to increase accessibility and visitor enjoyment. In preparation for the Rose Garden’s Centennial Celebration in 2017, Portland Parks & Recreation tasked at team led by GreenWorks with this high-profile project. The primary goal is to ensure the public’s safety by removing barriers to access and provide accessibility upgrades to meet current ADA standards while maintaining and enhancing the historic character of the Rose Garden.

GreenWorks managed a complex design team of engineers and accessibility experts providing site design, construction drawings and specification documents. An important component of the project was a 3-day design charrette with Portland Parks & Recreation and the design team, which GreenWorks facilitated. Additionally. GreenWorks provided 3D visualizations of design elements and developed presentation graphics for the public engagement process.

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Westmoreland and Crystal Springs Creek Receive APA Award for Sustainability

GreenWorks recently received a 2015 National APA Award for Excellence in Sustainability in the category of Sustainable Parks, Open Space and Recreation for their work at Westmoreland Nature Play area. GreenWorks worked with Portland Parks and Recreation to replace an aging playground with an innovative nature play area at the same time that Portland Bureau of Environmental Services led a stream enhancement /fish habitat improvement project on Crystal Springs Creek, which is adjacent to and an inspiration for the nature play area. The Award recognized both projects for creating a new place that connects watershed health, human health and livability.

Couch Park comment forms for the playground and plaza improvements are due Thursday December 10th.

GreenWorks was been hired by Portland Parks & Recreation to design the new playground, address accessibility issues in the plaza and install a new Portland Loo at Couch Park as part of the Parks Replacement Bond. We presented the three options below for the playground at an Open House on December 3rd . Online comments are due Thursday December 10th and can be found here: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/parks/68915.

One of the top priorities for the playground is for it to be inclusive, which mean that it should be designed for children of all ages and abilities. We have been working closely with Mara Kaplan from Let Kids Play http://www.letkidsplay.com/ who is a national expert and advocate for inclusive playground design. Mara was brought on to the design team to help us design a playground that provides exceptional play opportunities for all children.

Concept 1 - Cascadian

Concept 2 - Stumptown

Concept 3 - Mosaic

Nature-Based Play in the Press

Check out the links below to see the most recent articles about our exciting nature-based play area projects around Portland!

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This Metro Parent article includes a map of nature play areas in the Portland metro region and stars 8 GreenWorks projects: The All-Natural Playground

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The Oregonian on Marshall Park: Q&A: Creator of ‘Children at Nature Play’ signs hopes to get more kids outdoors

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Independence Parks Master Plan

GreenWorks has been working with the City of Independence to update their Parks and Open Space Master Plan. The plan will examine the changing recreational needs of the larger, more diverse population while also incorporating modern recreational trends. The update will also develop a new list of goals and tasks to ensure that the City can provide for the future recreational needs of the community. Two public open houses have been held to engage the community in determining future park and open space needs.

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Khunamokwst Park

Cully’s newest park is scheduled to open early spring of 2015. The park’s diverse play areas have a distinctive blend of traditional and nature-based play with swings, prefabricated climbing boulders, a low flow water feature, and a universally accessible play structure. The playground structure was conceptualized to feel like a tree fort next to the signature Douglas Fir tree in the heart of the park. The park also includes a picnic shelter with an eco roof, 3000 square foot skatedot, and a large open lawn.

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Basalt columns are integrated around the play structure stabilize the slopes and provide discoverable routes for scrambling. Rubber tiles will be installed on the embankment.

 

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Mauricio Saldana carved a couple pieces of stone that were incorporated into the seat wall including these fiddleheads.

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The stone wall will provide seating looking out towards the park and protect the roots around the signature Douglas Fir tree.

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Large timbers were salvaged from the structure that was previously on the site and are being placed around the play area for seating.

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The low flow water feature has small stone waterfalls, colored concrete channel, and basalt columns that match the other stone in the play area.

 

Roger Tilbury Memorial Park – Phase 1

After several years of planning and design, Phase-1 of Roger Tilbury Memorial Park has just received Substantial Completion. This neighborhood park in the Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation District (THPRD) is unique due to its large size, topography, and natural features. With neighborhood outreach and support, GreenWorks designed a plan for the entire site that provides much needed neighborhood access and connectivity through the park while protecting the wildlife habitat and a stream corridor. Phase-1 includes neighborhood access along the north side of the property, an accessible trail system, a small open lawn, traditional play area, nature play areas, and places to sit and enjoy the natural area. The nature play areas are inspired by the sites remnant Christmas tree farm and wildlife found on the site (Bobcats). Douglas Firs were felled from the remnant tree farm in order to create a healthier, diverse habitat, the accessible trail network, and places for nature play. A future Phase-2 will include an extension of the trail system and a 100’ long pedestrian bridge crossing a stream to connect to the neighborhood along the southern portion of the property.

For more coverage of the park, visit http://www.pamplinmedia.com/bvt/15-news/244917-112256-playing-with-nature.

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The traditional playground and open lawn are located at the high point of the site and take advantage of the mature trees.

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From the accessible trail looking up the hill prior to the log fort installation.

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Logs were salvaged from the remnant Christmas tree farm and composed to make a unique fort structure for imaginative play and loose parts building area.

A shot of the fort from below courtesy of Belkor Logworks.

A shot of the fort from below courtesy of Belkor Logworks.