Model Waterfront Reclamation 
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DETAILS

LocationPortland, Oregon, United States
ClientCity of Portland
Size24 acres

A bold new plan for the area along the Willamette River includes a 1-1/2 mile extension of the City’s downtown’s parks and the reclamation of the river’s edge for public recreation. Working closely with the City of Portland, developers, and natural resource advocates, the design team devised a rational plan that places access and activity in targeted nodes without compromising habitats. These spaces range from dramatic, cantilevered pier overlooks, boat launches, and active civic plazas to quiet, sloping lawns, meadows, and terraces, and are connected to the city’s riverwalk, bikeway, tramway and light rail systems. While South Waterfront Park is unique to Portland’s cultural and historical heritage, it is a model for new urban waterfront parks across the country that must now meet a combination of environmental, cultural, and growth goals on common ground.

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