Salem Riverfront Park Master Plan


Salem Riverfront Park is one of Salem’s premier, treasured, and well used parks. GreenWorks partnered with the City of Salem to update the master plan for Salem Riverfront Park, incorporating an additional four acres of land on the south end of the park.  

The large open lawns, open air amphitheater and views of the Willamette River make the park a favored place for large and small events held throughout the year and it’s a popular place for walking, jogging and getting a breath of fresh air.

Through a robust public outreach process, GreenWorks and City staf worked with focus groups and the public to develop and prioritize concepts for park improvements and additions.  A key feature in the new addition to the park is a new, larger amphitheater designed to complement a proposed covered stage and a river viewing terrace with dramatic views of the Peter Courtney Minto-Island Bridge.

Relocating the covered stage and amphitheater to the south end of the park means Salem can host larger events in the park and take advantage of the existing—soon to be upgraded with nature play elements and terraced overlook seating—playground, as well as the splash pad, pavilion, and seasonal ice rink.  

Our updated master plan includes a floating river walk, expanded dock facilities for kayak and canoe rentals, and space for fishing. We also improved connections to other Salem parks, including a future trail along adjacent Pringle Creek and existing links to Wallace Marine Park.

George Rogers Park

GreenWorks prepared the Master Plan and design services for George Rogers Park located along the Willamette River in Lake Oswego. The project created visual and physical connections to the Willamette River and between elements within the park. Gateway enhancements, interpretive elements, and improved waterfront access were key design components. Creating a cohesive plan was paramount and included unifying the Barbecue Terrace with the Memorial Garden Terrace. The design also provided a soft canoe launch and waterfront access improvements. Boardwalks connected terraces and provided overlooks to the public beach area. The project removed existing pavings within the floodplain and provided mitigation plantings for all encroachments in the floodplain and greenway.

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Spring Park

North Clackamas Parks and Recreation District and the City of Milwaukie partnered to improve in-stream and riparian areas and a new trail access at Spring Park in Milwaukie, Oregon. 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.


Brian Booth State Park

GreenWorks assisted Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) in the development of a master plan for a large property of approximately 1283 acres of wetlands, meadows, orchard and forest just south of Newport, Oregon. GreenWorks sought to enhance the site’s valuable ecological characteristics while offering diverse recreational activities such as beach access, paddling, bird watching, and walks in the marshland and hiking in upland meadows. The master plan includes hiking, biking and equestrian trail systems, water trail access and boat ramps, a boardwalk, campgrounds, cabin areas, interpretive areas and administration areas


Astoria Visioning, Planning, and Wayfinding

As part of a comprehensive visioning project, GreenWorks helped to envision the future of the Astoria riverfront. The design team assisted in planning for open space and pedestrian connections that reinforce the values of the community and preserve the special character of this historic city. GreenWorks also helped facilitate visioning workshops and provided the community with imagery, plans, and strategies to guide future development. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) honored this project with its Walter B. Jones Memorial and NOAA Excellence Awards. GreenWorks went on to develop concepts for the Astoria Riverwalk with the goal of developing a multi-modal approach that accommodates a historic trolley line, business access for deliveries, bicycle traffic, as well as a pedestrian trail along the waterfront complete with wayfinding elements. The design character for the Riverwalk elements reflects industrial waterfront themes. Sketches were prepared to show unifying themes incorporated into varied settings along the waterfront. GreenWorks also developed the wayfinding plan for downtown Astoria. The scope includes preparing a concept plan detailing locations of proposed improvements and illustrations of signage components. Working closely with the City and Downtown Association representatives, GreenWorks prepared a set of signage typologies to provide the community with a cohesive downtown wayfinding plan.


Reed's Crossing Oak Grove Park

Oak trees in meadow on springtime sunny day,

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.

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.

Reed’s Crossing Neighborhood Park


GreenWorks is currently working with Newland Communities and Hillsboro Park and Recreation on the 4-acre Neighborhood Park. This park is located south of the Greenway’s Discovery Zone Park and creates a link from the Greenway to a future elementary school.

GreenWorks has been task with creating a diverse program to enhance the park and give the community a unique user experience without overlapping program between the Greenway and the future school. Other important goals include safe pedestrian access to the park from the school and Greenway and incorporate the neighborhood trail that traverses the park.

This neighborhood park is an important connection between school and park, and residential and education. Program includes a circular path that circles the park and oak tree but also connects the park to the greater South Hillsboro community by neighborhood trail. The park supports all ages and abilities and includes a large play structure, nature play, bocce ball courts, a fire pit for relaxation, a skate pod and an contemplative flowering tree grove. In addition there is a central flexible lawn space that can host sports, games, and entertainment.

GreenWorks is working with an architect to design a restroom park pavilion that will be located at one of the main entrances.

Currently the project is embarking on a land use process and is proposed to start construction in mid 2020.


Reed's Crossing Dobbin 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 Dobbin Park and it is located south of the Greenway and a large wetland. The name, Dobbin, was derived from the last farmer that is still working portions of the land not currently being developed. This 0.5 acre park pays homage to Dobbin by incorporating a barn-like play structure for kids of all ages and abilities. Dobbin Park supports both active and passive recreation where people can recreate in the open lawn, take their dogs on stroll around the paths that circle the park or just relax under the shade of a preserved oak. Dobbin Park is an all ages park that has activities from little ones to grandparents and furry friends.

GreenWorks worked on concepts through permitting. This park is still under review for final permit. Construction is planned for early spring 2019.

Cape Disappointment

Cape Disappointment (formerly Ft. Canby State Park) has a vibrant history, including native peoples, explorers, US military and most recently state parks. The 1800 acre Washington State Park at the mouth of the Columbia River contains over two-hundred campsites, a boat ramp, day use areas, interpretive center and many historic coastal fortification structures. The environment is very dynamic, with coastal erosion threatening approximately ninety of the existing campsites. GreenWorks led a multi-disciplinary team in developing a 20 year Master Plan for the park, identifying new visitor service centers, administrative headquarters, maintenance facilities, multi-use trail network, interpretive facilities and restoration areas. In addition, GreenWorks oversaw the preparation of a Draft and Final Environmental Impact Statement for the project.


Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge


Located in Nampa, Idaho the Deer Flat Wildlife Refuge (DFWR) which surrounds Lake Lowell offers a unique opportunity to engage a growing urban and diverse population in connecting people to nature, while simultaneously building support for wildlife conservation. As the leading design consultant, GreenWorks is assisting the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) in envisioning goals to protect and enhance habitat throughout the DFWR, while also supporting a variety of public recreational activities. In accordance with the DFWR Comprehensive Conservation Plan, GreenWorks is providing planning studies for the redevelopment of the Lower Dam Recreation Area and renovation of the Upper Dam East boat launch. Through detailed mapping and site analysis, stakeholder interviews and workshops, and public involvement events, GreenWorks will generate planning and construction documents that support wildlife growth and public use of Deer Flat Wildlife Refuge. The overall need for the project was initiated by the need for ADA access to the refuge facilities. An integral part of the project is to provide ADA accessible parking, bathrooms, connection routes, fishing docks, boat ramp docks and interpretive trails that are ADA accessible. 

Lake Stevens North Cove Park

GreenWorks is providing master planning and design services for the North Cove Park project in Lake Stevens, Washington as a sub to Crandall Arambula. GreenWorks prepared an opportunities assessment on the existing open spaces including facilities along the shoreline of Lake Stevens, the Boat Launch, creek, and wetlands within the study area. GreenWorks also prepared a conceptual park and trail network design comprised of three park concepts for the North Cove Park and Lake Stevens Creek that build off the historic Lake Stevens and potential waterfront tourism destination. These conceptual plans consider integrating existing recreation uses such as rowing and boating; address both active and passive uses within the park and propose spaces for large community gatherings such as concerts, festivals, or farmers markets; enhance visual access to the Lake from Main Street; provide for additional amenities that complement the Lake Stevens waterfront and existing North Cove park, including urban plaza, greenways and other civic gathering spaces that support the area retail, housing and employment; and improve wetland and natural areas through wildlife or native planting water quality corridors to strengthen existing Lake Stevens, Catherine Creek, and other natural areas.


Independence Parks Projects & System Plan


Over the last decade, GreenWorks has built a strong relationship with the City of Independence, providing services on a number of projects related to open space along the riverfront.
GreenWorks provided design coordination for the City of Independence’s Downtown Revitalization project. GreenWorks went on to provide conceptual design, construction documents, and construction observation for the downtown Amphitheater, Veteran’s Memorial, and Fountain at Riverview Park along the Willamette River.

GreenWorks provided cost estimates, stakeholder presentations, and constructability reviews. Project goals included the use of local or recycled materials where possible, preservation of existing vegetation, reduced water consumption, the use native plants, control of erosion, and reduced stormwater runoff. GreenWorks met with local citizens and veterans and developed a design that relocated the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial to increase its visual presence in downtown. The new plaza and amphitheater facility has been embraced by the community and has become a major public venue for events drawing visitors from all across the Willamette Valley.

GreenWorks was then contracted with the City of Independence to update the Parks and Open Space System Plan. The plan assessed the changing recreational needs of the larger, more diverse population while also incorporating modern recreational trends. The plan also developed a new list of goals and tasks to ensure that the City can provide for the future recreational needs of the community.

Most recently, GreenWorks  redesigned a 30-acre baseball complex plan into the Independence Soccer Complex. The project’s initial phase of two soccer fields was completed in 2015.  The site also provides access to the city’s public boat launch and dock and the north end of the extended waterfront park property that links to downtown. 

Meinig Amphitheater

From casual visits to the playground during the weekday to 40,000 people in one weekend during the famous City of Sandy Mountain Festival, Meinig Park sees the entire range of uses and impacts from visitors. GreenWorks designed a new parking lot at the base of the park which includes pervious pavement, daylighting of an existing culverted creek that runs through the park, new sidewalks, a park trailhead and pedestrian gateway. GreenWorks designed a new amphitheater with a stage and expanded seating to accommodate larger performances.


Fairview Woods Park

Fairview Woods Park is a renovation of an existing open space to a neighborhood Park and an example of where we successfully used a sustainability filter to improve park conditions and facilities. Some trails and interpretation existed at the park but graffiti, inappropriate park use and gunfire were common in the park and neighbors were concerned about safety. GreenWorks and SWCA environmental developed a conceptual plan and construction documents to address park safety and upgrade facilities to meet neighborhood recreation needs and provide access to wetland and riparian areas. We also addressed creek and wetland protection and sustainability on site by including native plant community restoration, vegetation management to provide visual corridors, minimal tree removal, use of downed woody debris for interpretive and plaza features, wetland trail improvements, trail decommissioning, minimized parking including ADA space, and upgraded trails to meet ADA standards.


North Bethany Plan

GreenWorks is responsible for parks and open space planning, trail planning, urban design and sustainable stormwater strategies for this 800 acre new community. We are evaluating existing standards for the Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation District and will make recommendations for modifications to park system classifications and levels of service (LOS). GreenWorks will develop design approaches for a green infrastructure system that will also serve as community amenities. We are working with an interdisciplinary planning team to create a unique identity for this new community, linking natural resources, recreational opportunities and people. This integration of civic placemaking and sustainable design is a key distinctive of the future North Bethany Community.

Mirror Pond Visioning Project

GreenWorks has started consulting work with Bend Parks and Recreation District on alternatives that will provide four different solutions for the community to consider for the iconic Mirror Pond on the Deschutes River in Bend, Oregon. Each option, ranging from taking out a dam to dredging or something in between, will illustrate the visual impact, cost estimates, regulatory requirements, challenges and opportunities.


Cape Horn Trail

Cape Horn Trail is an eight-mile trail in Skamania County located twenty-six miles east of Vancouver, WA. GreenWorks is providing services for the US Forest Service for improvements to an existing trail, which has two at grade crossings where hikers and horseback riders traverse the heavily traveled State Route 14. To improve safety for trail users, the Forest Service and WSDOT are constructing pedestrian underpass tunnels at these two crossings. GreenWorks developed schematic designs for the tunnel entrances and provided construction design drawings for the tunnel fascias, which include stonewall construction, custom metal guardrail fencing design and planting design around the entrances. The design of the tunnel fascias incorporate locally quarried Columbia River Basalt to form walls that echo other examples of historic basalt stone work in the Columbia Gorge.


Springwater Trail Spur

GreenWorks assisted the City of Gresham with the design of the Springwater Spur Trail project, part of the Phase One of the Main City Park Master Plan. The trail completed a significant connection between the existing Springwater Trail and Downtown Gresham through the popular 21.6-acre Main City Park. GreenWorks helped to ensure the design met the provisions of the grants and funding requirements by OPRD, ODOT and Metro. The Spur was designed as an ADA accessible, multi-use trail for pedestrians, bicycles, service and emergency vehicles. The design of the Springwater Trail Spur supports the City’s goals for sustainability by incorporating stormwater quality facilities to treat trail run-off and existing parking lot facilities that were formerly untreated. Associated features of the project include gateway design elements, landscaping, model stormwater management facilities, irrigation, lighting and trail signage. Finally, the Springwater Trail Spur created a sense of place by incorporating a new trailhead and prominent gateway feature at the south end of the trail where it abuts the Springwater Trail.


Paradise Visitor Center

GreenWorks provided site planning and design services for the Paradise Historic Landmark District in Mount Rainier National Park.  In addition to participating in a Cultural Landscape Workshop and contributing to the Cultural Landscape Report, we assisted in the siting and design of a new 15,000 square foot Visitor Center, site plazas and trailheads.  We also evaluated the possibility of future alternative modes of transportation within the National Park.  GreenWorks prepared construction documents for all pedestrian amenities and site features in the area, including restoration of native alpine meadows.


Mill and Midland Parks Master Plans

GreenWorks worked with Portland Parks and Recreation on the Master Plans for Mill Park and Midland Park in Southeast Portland.  The two parks are in a concurrent process due to their close proximity to each other and are in ethnically diverse and low income neighborhoods. The team participated in a unique public outreach approach with PP&R to increase the City’s efforts to involve and receive feedback from community members that have historically been underrepresented during the public process. Greenworks aided by attending focus meetings with community leaders and preparing graphics that are very clear with translations in Vietnamese and Spanish. The Master Plan was finalized at the end of 2017.