Independence Landing Waterfront Park Under Construction

Greenworks is honored to be working with the City of Independence to implement the vision set forth in the Open Space Master Plan completed in 2015. The current work on Independence Landing improves a key piece of public waterfront located immediately south of Riverview Park, the flagship of the Independence park system. Designed in tandem with the large waterfront re-development on the old Valley Concrete Site, Independence Landing is one piece in a larger orchestrated effort to revitalize downtown Independence and support commercial growth.


Conceived of as an extension of Riverview Park, Independence landing will offer users a number of passive recreation opportunities. Included in the plan are a waterfront multi-use trail with a river overlook, a shaded patio and lawn space able to accommodate flexible programming, a sizable restoration planting area braided by soft surface trails and a grove of shade trees in which the user can find informal, private seating areas. This implementation of the Open Space Master Plan sets the stage for the continued expansion of improved public waterfront southward along the Willamette River and strengthens the downtown, pedestrian connections to the waterfront.

The success of this project has been a measure of how well the project team has worked together. Shawn Irvine and David Clyne with the City of Independence and Steve Ward with Westech Engineering have been instrumental in guiding the design process, representing the diverse community of Independence and streamlining the construction of this exciting new park space.

Gateway Green Featured on Bermstyle Blog

Thanks to Portland Parks and Recreation, Friends of Gateway Green (FoGG) and the hard work of community partner groups like Northwest Trail Alliance, exciting developments continue to unfold at Gateway Green. The park, which opened last June, offers singletrack trails, a bike skills area, gravity area, and a cyclocross course, and has been celebrated by Portland’s mountain biking community as Portland’s first mountain bike park. It’s even been featured on bike blogs, such as Bermstyle (check out the latest here).
As GreenWorks continues to work with Gateway Green stakeholders to see the project through its next phase of development, it’s great to see how the park is already being embraced, enjoyed, and invested in by the community.
Visit our Works page to learn more about GreenWorks’ involvement with Gateway Green.

Westmoreland Featured at Design Museum Mornings

GreenWorks is excited to partner with Design Museum Portland to host “Nature Play in the City” this Friday, March 2 from 8:30-10:00am at the Center for Architecture. The event will include a brief networking session with free breakfast, followed by a short presentation by GreenWorks’ Associate Landscape Architect Ben Johnson on the Westmoreland Nature-Based Play Area. Exploring how natural playscapes are designed and created in an urban environment, Ben will discuss Westmoreland’s features including structures that exercise sustainable practices and double as play objects, from salvaged concrete re-purposed for water play elements and many salvaged logs for climbing features and custom benches.

Westmoreland Nature-Based Play Area opened in 2014 and has been embraced by children and adults alike, earning the ASLA Oregon Honor Award and a feature in Design & Play!

Interested in attending the upcoming Design Museum Morning with GreenWorks? We’d love to see you there. Learn more and reserve your tickets today!

City of Hermiston Breaks Ground on New Festival Street

The City of Hermiston celebrated the groundbreaking of their new festival street this week! Serving as a central gateway into downtown Hermiston, and a cornerstone for the city, the NE 2nd plaza will help stimulate economic development as well as enhance community engagement by providing a space for public programming such as farmer’s markets and art festivals.

GreenWorks worked with Anderson Perry & Associates and a committee of local business owners to provide preliminary design concepts for the street. Construction on phase one of the project should be complete by Memorial Day.

Graphic rendering of final concepts for the City of Hermiston's new festival street.

Graphic rendering by Michael Corrente.

Gill Williams, PLA, ASLA Joins GreenWorks

Gill_webGill Williams recently joined GreenWorks as a Principal of the firm. Gill has 24 years of professional landscape architecture experience focused on open space projects, natural areas and public parks, urban redevelopment, and transit-related design. His knowledge of the construction industry, methods and materials gives him the insight to develop creative solutions that are buildable and cost effective. He teams across disciplines to forge holistic, sustainable solutions to complex problems with longevity and durability as priorities. Many of Gill’s projects have required extensive public involvement process where he excels at facilitating a meaningful dialogue to positively influence projects that respond to the needs and goals of the public and project stakeholders. Private and public sector clients alike have cited his proficiency and straightforward approach to project management and construction documentation. We are excited to have Gill join our team!

Westmoreland Nature Play Receives Honor Award

Westmoreland Nature Play was recently recognized by the Oregon Chapter of ASLA with an Honor Award for design. We would like to thank our entire team for all their contributions. Thanks especially to Portland Parks and Recreation for their support and desire to connect kids with nature.


Children can move and manipulate loose parts of the play area to create a fort and tailor their own play experience. The Sequoia branches were taken from the grove of trees in the park


Logs and boulders are arranged in a variety of ways to provide climbing and balancing challenges for kids of all ages. The logs in the foreground are extensions that lead kids between the Mountain Mound and Log Tilt in the background.


The Large Log Climbers in the background hint at what it is like to climb trees. In the foreground, one of the six carved stones tells the story of rainwater’s journey from the forest to the stream.


The creek channel is an 80’ long and meanders along a large sand pit. Water weaves its way around recycled concrete cubes and boulders and under willow domes to provide a unique play experience. Kids use sand to create dams to divert water into the sand play area.


The hand pump is the metaphorical source of Crystal Springs located at the top of the Creek Mound. The kids at the pump have the power to activate the “stream” and can direct the water with weirs through several different channels down the Concrete Mound to the main creek channel.

GreenWorker Volunteers for The Columbia Land Trust

The Columbia Land Trust recently enlisted the ALSA Emerging Professionals, the American Planning Association, and other volunteer groups to participate in the Schoolhouse Creek fish and wildlife habitat improvement effort. The event educated volunteers on the creek’s hydrology while promoting stewardship and restoration to youth participants.

The most satisfying parts of the event included scenic views of the wetland, surveying the 3-acre site tree plantings, and removing invasive blackberry. Be sure to check out upcoming volunteer opportunities and educational events with the Columbia Land Trust here:

GreenWorker Derek Sergison (back row, second from the left) posing with his fellow volunteers.

GreenWorker Derek Sergison (back row, second from the left) posing with his fellow volunteers.

Schoolhouse Wetland

Schoolhouse Wetland

Portland EXPO Center Stormwater Green Wall Grand Opening


A grand opening was held on October 1, 2014 at Portland’s EXPO Center to celebrate the completion of The Portland EXPO Center Stormwater Green Wall. The event was well attended by the many project partners that worked together to realize this new and innovative approach to the sustainable management of stormwater using a vertical green wall system. They included representatives from City of Portland Environmental Services, Metro and Metro Exposition and Recreation Commission members, Portland EXPO Center and the Design team led by GreenWorks and Cascade Design Professionals. The event also featured speeches of recognition by Matthew Rotchford, Director of the Portland EXPO Center; Scott Robinson, Metro’s Deputy COO and Interim General Manager of Visitor Venues; Dean Marriott, Director of the Bureau of Environmental Services; Tony Barber, Director of Oregon office of the EPA; and Mike Faha, Principal of GreenWorks. The project has received quite a bit of press recently, which can be viewed using the web links provided below.


Construction of the Expo Stormwater/Green Wall Nearing Completion

Construction is nearing completion of a GreenWorks designed, first of its kind, 2,000 square foot custom green wall that manages 9,400 square feet of roof stormwater runoff. The stormwater wall structure was designed in partnership with the City of Portland Bureau of Environmental Services (BES) as a pilot project that they will use to monitor and learn from for future potential green wall/stormwater wall projects. The stormwater wall is a freestanding custom metal structure composed of twelve vegetated channels. A water distribution system divides and distributes the collected stormwater to each of the vegetated channels where pollutants are filtered out before passing back into the building’s existing drainage system. The stormwater wall is prominently located at METRO’s Portland EXPO Center where it will also provide an exciting and attractive new sustainable and educational feature greeting visitors to the EXPO. Cascade Design Professionals provided structural design on the project and Colton Construction Co. is the General Contractor.

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Poetry at the Beach Grand Opening

Come join GreenWorks and the Human Access Project (HAP) for Poetry at the Beach! Mike Faha, Principal of GreenWorks and current board member of HAP, and GreenWorks Landscape Designer Jeff Boggess assisted with the design of this poetry walk. GreenWorks is excited to support Will Levenson as Director of the Human Access Project and we look forward to further collaborations. See details of the event below.


GreenWorks Is Hiring!

We are hiring for two positions.

Mid-Level Landscape Architect Job Description


–        Passionate about sustainable development and design

–        5-10 years of experience in the profession of Landscape Architecture

–        Self-motivated and works independently

–        Solid interpersonal and communication skills

–        Public speaking ability

–        Marketing and or customer service experience

–        Proficiency in all typical software applications for landscape architecture

–        Landscape Architect License

Core Responsibilities

–        Project management

–        Work closely with the Principal and senior staff of the firm

–        Mentor and supervise junior staff

–        Present at conferences and open houses

–        Develop materials for community outreach and public consultation

–        Regularly communicate with clients and key stakeholders for various projects

Education Requirements

–        Undergraduate or graduate degree in Landscape Architecture


Entry-Level Landscape Architect/Designer Job Description


–        Passionate about sustainable development and design

–        Interest in natural resources and integrating nature into urban places

–        1-3 years of experience in the profession of Landscape Architecture

–        Self-motivated

–        Solid interpersonal and communication skills

–        Proficiency in AutoCAD, Adobe Suite, Sketchup, Microsoft Office and GIS

Core Responsibilities

–        Work closely with the Principal and senior staff of the firm

–        Schematic design

–        Design development

–        Construction documents

–        Construction administration

–        Public workshop graphics

–        GIS production

Education Requirements

–        Undergraduate or graduate degree in Landscape Architecture


To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, digital portfolio to Briana Danner at

GreenWorks is an equal opportunity employer.

GreenWorks Teaches HS Students About LID Stormwater Standards

GreenWorks is preparing a master plan for Clackamas High School that identifies potential stormwater low impact development retrofit projects for Clackamas County Water Environment Services.  The purpose is to ultimately build one or more projects (such as rain gardens, green roofs, structural soils, etc.) that can visibly demonstrate the benefits of low impact development practices to students, teachers, parents and the general public.

As part of the project, we are interacting with high school science classes, telling students about Low Impact Development (LID) and our specific project, as well as gathering student input on project options. Hopefully, the students will have opportunities to help with planting and long-term care of the projects.



Pioneer Park Dedication Ceremony


Pioneer Park, located in the Tualatin Hills and Recreation District (THPRD), embodies some unique natural features including approximately 7.5 acres of wetlands, stream corridors, and upland forest. The park was redeveloped with funding from the district’s 2008 voter-approved bond measure and is an amenity for the surrounding neighborhood. GreenWorks provided general park upgrades, recommendations for increased habitat value, and an approach to stewardship while creating a memorable and enjoyable recreation space. The park improvements respect the natural amenities on site including hundreds of mature native trees and a seasonally wet field. The design team followed City of Beaverton, Clean Water Services, Division of State Lands and Army Corps of Engineers guidelines for development in sensitive ecosystems.

From 11am to 3pm on Saturday, May 10th, THPRD hosted a Nature Day in the Park, where park users could learn about the park’s resident animals, and explore the forest and fields in search of wildlife. Face painting, hotdogs, and a ribbon cutting ceremony officially commemorated the completion of the park improvements. Come experience and play in this new community space!

From SW Walker Road, go north on SW Meadow Drive until it meets NW Pioneer Road. The park is on the northwest corner of the intersection.



Memorial Parking Lot Redesign & Expansion Project Completed

Construction was recently completed for the redesigned and expanded parking lot that serves the lower area of Memorial Park in the City of Wilsonville. The new design, developed by GreenWorks and Wallis Engineering with the City of Wilsonville, implements a new vehicular circulation pattern that better utilizes the space while also enhancing pedestrian access routes through the parking area and to the park.













The new design is also sensitive to mature existing conifer trees in the parking area, many of which were saved and incorporated into the design of the new parking area. The project also features five vegetated stormwater treatment swales that stormwater flows into from the paved areas of the parking area.














Prior to the project, stormwater from the parking area had been piped directly to an adjacent creek. The contractor on the project was Kersey Construction, Inc.


Trillium Creek Park is Nearing Completion

With an anticipated opening date in late May or early June, Trillium Creek Park will be the first substantial neighborhood park in the City of Damascus.  The park is within the City limits and will be part of the extensive park’s system of North Clackamas Parks and Recreation District (NCPRD).  GreenWorks worked closely with NCPRD, the City, and community to develop the design of this  one-acre neighborhood park from concept through construction which includes an inclusive playground, universally accessible walking paths, a picnic shelter, basketball court, seating areas, and native plantings.

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