Independence Riverview Park Conceptual Design

The Willamette River in front of Indpendence Riverfront Park, the city of Independence behind

The Willamette River in front of Indpendence Riverfront Park, the city of Independence behind

Independence Riverfront Park Gathering of the reptile man under the shade

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 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.

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Independence landing riverfront park plan graphic birdseye

 

Conceived of a 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 sizeable 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.

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Independence Waterfront Park Concept Plan

 

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.

Washougal Waterfront Nature Play Area

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Children play on sasquatch statue named “Eegah”

GreenWorks was hired by The Port of Camas-Washougal to design a new nature play area adjacent to the Columbia River. The play area is a highlight along a mile-long trail that begins at Washougal Waterfront Park and meanders along the shoreline of the Columbia River. The design for the playground encompasses a broad spectrum of play experiences for children of all ages and abilities using natural materials to encourage physical, social, and exploratory play.

The focal point of the play is a large erratic boulder nicknamed “Erric the Erratic” which is a remnant from the Ice Age Floods. Other components include an embankment slide, musical instruments, log climbers, and a discovery trail that winds through the forest. The Conceptual Design Alternatives were recently prepared and presented to the Port with final concept completed in January of 2017. The park opened to the public on June 7th!

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Couch Park Inclusive Playground

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Couch Park is located in the Historic Alphabet District in NW Portland. Sharing ownership with Portland Public Schools, the park is the official home of Metropolitan Learning Center’s playground. The park also has a large 10,000 sf plaza that is an abandoned Right-of-Way that is used as a major North-South pedestrian thoroughfare. Finally, there are the rolling, grassy berms and pathways surrounded by a dense canopy of trees that make up the remainder of the park. The re-design of the plaza and playground was the highest priority and most costly of all the 2016 Bond Projects dedicated to refurbishing aging parks and playgrounds in Portland. 

The old wood playground structure beloved by the MLC students was removed in 2015 due extensive structural rot and multiple hazards. The plaza was no longer ADA accessible due the the humps and bumps from differential settlement between concrete bands and brick pavers. The plaza and playground had old trees, some that were in poor conditions, others that would present challenges for designing and construction around without serious impacts.

The playground, Portland’s first inclusive playground on the west side, is designed for kids of all ages and abilities and is a true hybrid of natural elements and factory built play equipment.  The focal point being a fort on a mound that skirts between large trees to make kids feel like they are in a tree fort, is by far the coolest thing in the playground that kids will use as a centerpiece to create their own adventures and games.

The design for the plaza and playground are within the same footprint as the previous spaces as required by the language of the bond. The plaza’s bold paving patterns are based on the historic grid of bricks and concrete bands but use different textures of concrete to replicate the  historic paving pattern. 

A distinguishing characteristic of the design is demonstrated in the forward thinking of incorporating sustainable stormwater practices into parks and urban plazas. The design showcases vegetated stormwater planters as a primary space maker verses pushing them to the side to inconsequential spaces as mandatory minimum add-ons. The flow through planters define the circulation zones, separate the playground from the plaza, create edges for sitting, and provide a healthy splash of color to a very urban neighborhood. 

Fanno Creek Greenway

GreenWorks has hired by Clean Water Services on a multi-disciplinary team lead by HDR to restore a segment of Fanno Creek and improve the Fanno Creek Trail in downtown Tigard. GreenWorks’ role on the project is to provide trail design for a quarter mile segment of the 15-mile regional trail that extends from Tualatin to Portland through Tigard. The creek enhancements include restoring a previously straightened portion of the creek to a natural, meandering alignment that will improve hydrologic function of the creek and adjacent floodplain. The Fanno Creek Trail improvements mimic the new creek alignment to draw pedestrians and bikers further into the park to experience the natural environment. The project also included replacing an old bridge, elevated to improve stream hydrology and maximize trail function for cyclists using the Fanno Creek Trail.

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Windjammer Waterfront Park

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Our work in Oak Harbor began with the renovation of Oak Harbor Waste Water Treatment Facility. Since the facility is located in Windjammer Park, funds from the renovation were allocated to develop an integration plan for the park and GreenWorks was asked to prepare the Integration Plan. ]

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GreenWorks lead the design effort for the Windjammer Park Integration Plan by working closely with the City of Oak Harbor and the Community Advisory Group (CAG). GreenWorks presented program elements at the first CAG meeting. With the feedback gathered at this meeting the team developed three design options representing an array of desired elements. During the process there were two open houses as well as an online open house to solicit comments from the public on the three options which assisted with devising a preferred concept.

The Windjammer Park Integration Plan is a long-term plan integrating existing and new program elements in this 28.5 acre waterfront park that includes a popular RV site playground lagoon trail network and waterfront access. GreenWorks worked closely with the City of Oak Harbor and a community advisory group on developing three park concepts and eventually a preferred alternative. The final concept included the renovation of the swimming lagoon improved pedestrian walking trails reconfigured parking lots new events plaza and splash park outside the facility as well as a performance stage new playgrounds and multi-use fields.

The Windjammer Park Plan is expected to be implemented in segments over time and GreenWorks developed the phasing plan to guide the future programming of the Park. The Integration Plan was adopted by City Council in May 2016.

Design Illustrations

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Mirror Pond Bank and Trail Improvements

GreenWorks with sub-consultants, Inter-fluve, Inc and HDR, are working with Bend Park and Recreation District (District) on the Mirror Pond Trail and Bank Improvement Project. In 2013, GreenWorks worked on a Visioning Plan for Mirror Pond from the Galveston Bridge downstream to the Portland Bridge including both sides of the river. In early 2017, the GreenWorks team moved forward with design to repair failing systems along the river, connect and extend the Deschutes River Trail, address ADA, mobility and access and create and enhance habitat.  

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The project site is in the heart of downtown Bend and spans from Drake Park through private land to Pacific Park along the right bank of the Mirror Pond and the Deschutes River. Drake Park is a popular downtown community gathering place and is highly used by floaters, runners, cyclists, pedestrians and others. There are user conflicts between floaters and pedestrians and cyclists and pedestrians.  Drake Park, on the upstream end, is also the hop-out site to take the River Shuttle. Due to the high traffic, GreenWorks is designing a large waiting plaza with restrooms and benches across from the shuttle parking. In addition, the team is working to expand and enhance the beach, making this location a more enjoyable and safe location for users. 


There are sections along Drake Park that preclude cyclists, strollers and wheel chairs as well as areas where there are user conflicts between pedestrians and cyclists. The GreenWorks team has creatively designed an accessible route to connect the Deschutes River Trail from Pioneer Park downstream through Pacific Park where it meanders on back surface streets until it reaches a new boardwalk at Newport Bridge. The boardwalk will span from Newport Bridge along the edge of Mirror Pond to the plaza in the center of Drake Park. Once users get to the plaza, there will be spilt in the trail, cyclists will traverse toward the road and meet back with the original alignment of the DRT and pedestrians will along the water edge. 


Banks along the river are eroding and there is constant maintenance. The GreenWorks team along with stakeholders worked together to determine that the banks were not to be armored with rip rap but where to address erosion as well as create habitat. The solution involves the removal of the concrete cap on top of the wall, deconstruction of banks and reuse the rock in place, adding large wood a few strategic locations as well as riparian plantings. In two sections of the project where the large wood will be located, split rail fence will be installed to deter the trampling of vegetation that will allow for the vegetation to remain in place for the enhancement and creation of habitat.  


Currently, GreenWorks is beginning to move the design from 30% to 100% and eventually through construction. 

Reed's Crossing Greenway Park

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Greenworks has been working closely with Newland Communities on Reeds Crossing, a 460-acre community located in South Hillsboro. Greenworks has been tasked with designing the 23-acre Greenway which contains stormwater facilities, multi-use trails, plazas, and a nature education area. The nature education area, Discovery Park, is a vision for STEM/STEAM programming for the Hillsboro Schools with education opportunities around the trail system comprised of stations for discovery and learning. Discovery Park is located centrally in Reed’s Crossing Gordon Creek Greenway.

Throughout the process, Greenworks coordinated with nurseries to grow the 300,000 plugs that were planted in the stormwater facilities as well as all the shrubs and trees that surround the stormwater facilities and the trails.

Stations throughout Discovery Park would allow children to learn about the functions and values of the stormwater facilities, wetlands and habitat.

Stations include:

  • Water Discovery where children learn about stormwater ponds throughout the greenway and the functions of wetlands within the park by using a hand pump with the water that flows into the rain garden.

  • Nurse Log Habitat where children learn how organisms like salamanders and habitats like downed logs encourage a diversity of species.

  • A Climb and Find station providing nature play with sculpted animals in and around a huge log to help them learn through fun signage

  • Pollinator Habitat where children learn how insects and birds are essential to flowering plants.

  • Oak Savannah where children learn about different ecosystems that surrounded the valley the park sits in. An outdoor classroom and pavilion offer gathering spaces for educators and parents to teach children within and among the habitat. Trails throughout the greenway and the neighborhood lead to Discovery Park, a recreation area connected to a school, to be built in 2020.

Reed’s Crossing is a master planned community developed by Newland Communities, to be constructed over the next 15 years and comprised of single and multi-family residential, commercial, mixed use and high-density residential development with associated roadways, utilities, stormwater facilities, trails and open space. The Reed’s Crossing community is approximately 460 acres in the South Hillsboro Community Plan, in currently what is known as Hillsboro, Oregon.

GreenWorks has been working collaboratively with Newland Communities and project civil engineers to design the heart of the development—the 23-acre greenway. The greenway is approximately 12-acres of stormwater facilitates that cleanse stormwater flowing from the roads and rooftops of the new development. These stormwater treatment facilities are seamlessly incorporated into the landscape and design of neighborhoods and civic spaces.

The greenway links the community and adjacent neighborhoods by a trail network traverses the development. The greenway also supports riparian habitat, passive and active recreation, and open space preservation. A variety of planting types are displayed throughout the greenway from wetland habitat to oak savannah and meadows.

Greenworks worked with Newland Communities from concept through permitting and construction documentation. Throughout the process, Greenworks coordinated with nurseries to grow the 300,000 plugs that were planted in the stormwater facilities as well as all the shrubs and trees that surround the stormwater facilities and the trails.

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Reed’s Crossing plan illustration. birdseye view, trees and houses

Reed's Crossing Discovery Park

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Greenworks has been working closely with Newland Communities on Reeds Crossing, a 460-acre community located in South Hillsboro. Greenworks has been tasked with designing the 23-acre Greenway which contains stormwater facilities, multi-use trails, plazas, and a nature education area. The nature education area, Discovery Park, is visioned to be part of STEM/STEAM programing for the Hillsboro Schools with education opportunities around the trail system comprised of stations for discovery and learning. Overall, Discovery Park is located centrally in Reed’s Crossing Gordon Creek Greenway.

There are stations throughout Discovery Park where children can learn about the functions and values of the stormwater facilities, wetlands and habitat.

The stations include:

·         Water Discovery –children can learn about the stormwater ponds throughout the greenway and the functions of wetlands within the park by interacting with the water that will flow into a rain garden.

·         Nurse Log Habitat - children can learn about forest species, including salamanders, and downed logs that create habitat for a diversity of species.

·         Climb and Find – this station is not only a nature play area but children can find sculpted animals in and around the log and learn about them through informational signage

·         Pollinator Habitat – children can learn about the benefits insects and birds in relation to flowering plants.  

·         Oak Savannah   - children can learn about the different ecosystems that surrounded the valley

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There is also an outdoor classroom and a pavilion that offer gathering spaces for educators and parents to teach children within and among the habitat. Trails throughout the greenway and the neighborhood lead to Discovery Park. The park is also connected to a school (to be built in 2020) via a neighborhood.

Reed's Crossing Oak Grove Park

Greenworks has been working with Newland Communities on the 460-acre development Reed’s Crossing. Reed’s Crossing is comprised of public and private parks. One of the private parks is Oak Grove Park.

Oak Grove Park is a 0.5 acre park where an oak grove has been preserved, hence the name. The park was designed around these oaks where the contouring land slopes up from the trees to streets creating a special enclave for rest and relaxation as well as protecting the roots of the trees. This passive recreation park has with an open lawn, meadow and series of trails that connect the community.  This park celebrates the Oregon oak grove that is still standing on the Reed’s Crossing Property.

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Work completed by Greenworks was conceptual design through construction documents and permitting with the City of Hillsboro. Oak Grove Park is being constructed today and will be complete by early spring 2019.

Newell Creek Canyon

a pond lit by dappled sunlight on a warm summer day in a forest

Newell Creek Canyon is 233 acres of protected natural area in Oregon City and Clackamas County along Hwy 213. GreenWorks was hired by Metro to refine the design, document, and permit a day use area and multi-use trail system within the canyon. To do this, we worked with an expert team that included Hart Crowser Geotechnical Engineers to assess requirements for improvements within the Geologic Hazard Overlay zone, Cascade Environmental to mitigate impacts in the Natural Resource Overlay District and vegetated corridors of wetlands and streams, KPFF for structural and civil engineering, and Sentiaros for mountain bike access considerations.
 

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Reed's Crossing

Reed’s Crossing is a 463 acre mixed-use community in Hillsboro that includes over 4,000 new homes of various type. The Reed’s Crossing project will implement a natural area utilized for stormwater management and public open space for the community. The 20-acre natural area will encompass a variety of ecotones including oak savanna prairie, grass prairie, and wet meadow. GreenWorks provided conceptual design services for park and open space development including planting plans, tree preservation and park diagrams, and an extensive bike and pedestrian trail design.  GreenWorks continues to work with Newland Communities by furthering conceptual designs and planting plans, developing grading plans for each concept, estimating potential costs, and strategizing on phasing and maintenance for the project.

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Oak Harbor Clean Water Facility

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GreenWorks is part of a multi-disciplinary team that renovated this regional wastewater treatment facility in historic downtown Oak Harbor, Washington. Situated in Windjammer Park, on the shores of Oak Harbor, the facility takes advantage of technological updates to modernize the facility, integrate it with the surrounding environment, and reduce its visual and olfactory impacts.  

the facility takes advantage of technological updates to modernize the facility, integrate it with the surrounding environment, and reduce its visual and olfactory impacts.  

Routes for cars and people on either side of the facility provide easy access from downtown Oak Harbor to Windjammer Park and the waterfront. The site plan requires the creation of strong physical and visual links along these axes. The planting and hardscape reflect the coastal setting, with the inclusion of rolling dunes planted with coastal grasses and perimeter sidewalks, emulating local wooden docks. Parts of the facility are exposed to the public, offering opportunities for interpretation along the two main thoroughfares.

Mt. Scott Creek Oak Bluff Reach

GreenWorks, with subconsultant, Inter-fluve Inc. are working with Clackamas County WES on the Mt. Scott Creek Oak Buff Reach project to enhance in-stream habitat and stabilize cut banks, reduce peak flows and improve water quality, control invasive species and improve public assess and opportunities for environmental education. The team is currently designing different projects along Mt Scott Creek and conducting a no rise analysis as well as a cost benefit analysis to determine the overall project design.

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Red Electric Trail

Together with a team of engineers, GreenWorks is providing design, environmental, right of way, and construction engineering services for ODOT. The project includes the design and construction of two segments of a trail that will be a 12-15’ wide, shared pedestrian and bicycle bridge crossing over a ravine in the public right of way between SW Bertha and SW Capitol Highway.


When complete, the Red Electric Regional Trail will provide an important multi-modal link to other pedestrian and bicycle facilities in Southwest Portland. This off-street trail will connect residential areas with the Hillsdale Town Center and other destinations in SW Portland, and provide a safe alternative to bicycling and walking on SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway and SW Capitol Highway.

 

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Port of Vancouver Terminal 1 Waterfront

GreenWorks has spent the last nine months working with the Port of Vancouver on the conceptual design of Terminal 1—an industrial waterfront space in Vancouver, WA that is being revitalized for economic and social development. Presenting three design alternatives to the Port Commission in late May, GreenWorks has been collaborating with consultants and stakeholders throughout the summer on a preferred alternative.

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