Project Scope

The overarching goal of Quercus Planning Group’s (‘the Consultant’) Workshop project is to aid PP&R (‘the Client’) in prioritizing projects that balance the long-term viability and sustainability of Willamette Park with growing user demands. Portland Bureau of Environmental Services (BES) will serve as a consulting partner agency, as the agency is a major stakeholder with a strong interest in natural resource management for the park and the city. Public involvement is a key component of the process and will be essential to creating alternatives and recommendations for the final product.

During initial discussions with the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC), Quercus Planning Group was given a summary of existing features, issues, and future projects identified by PP&R and BES. Based on recommendations from the TAC and the Consultant’s project time frame, work and educational experience, and interests of the team members, three major elements were selected for analysis and recommendation development: recreational opportunities, natural resources, and stewardship and education. The final product will provide preliminary recommendations for the future of the park. The goal of this project is for PP&R to be able to use this document to inform future planning efforts and decision-making processes.

I. Recreational Opportunities
Assess the recreational usage and values at Willamette Park, and develop recommendations for future park improvements that address the recreational desires of the community and support the hybrid nature of the park.

II. Natural Resources
Understand the current ecological conditions of Willamette Park and develop recommendations for future actions that enhance the sustainability of the park.

III. Stewardship and Education
Develop recommendations for methods to raise awareness of recreational opportunities as well as natural resource assets and issues within Willamette Park.

There are also many frameworks outside the park that will influence the alternatives and final recommendations of the project. These frameworks include:

  • Larger ecological context
  • Larger urban context
  • Transportation movements
  • Willamette Greenway Trail

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