Dozens of projects that improve water quality, protect wildlife habitat and provide people with access to nature have been completed using funds from Metro's voter approved bond measure.
Communities identified more than 100 projects that would be prioritized for funding with their share of the bond measure funds.
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Funds are provided directly to local cities, counties and park districts. Communities have flexibility to meet their own needs and give citizens better access to nature in neighborhoods all across the region.
The City of Beaverton matched funds from the Natural Areas bond measure with money from the city's Stormwater Conveyance Fund to restore a section of Beaverton Creek at the Cedar Hills Crossing Mall. The project created terraced retaining walls planted with native vegetation to re-establish the creek channel. Beaverton Creek flows into Rock Creek, a tributary of the Tualatin River. Stabilization of the banks will improve water quality and improve habitat value for local wildlife.
The City of Beaverton completed a project in fall 2008 to remove invasive species, install an irrigation system and plant native trees and shrubs at their Sexton Mountain Reservoir. Revegetation of the area will reduce erosion and runoff into South Johnson Creek, Hiteon Creek and Summer Creek. The plantings will enhance the area and improve wildlife habitat.
Beaverton also acquired a small property at the intersection of Farmington Road and Menlo Drive that includes a small segment of Erickson Creek on the site. The acquisition protects this natural area and the creek will be replanted and restored in spring 2009 to help improve water quality in the area.
Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation District purchased 0.71 acres adjacent to Beaverton's popular 9.2-acre Evelyn Schiffler Memorial Park in 2007 with the help of Metro bond funds. This purchase was of specific importance to the district because the new acquisition offers enhanced access to the park and greater visibility from the street for park visitors.
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In May 2009 (tentative) North Clackamas Parks and Recreation District will celebrate the completion of Stringfield Park. A 4.5-acre neighborhood park located along the Trolley Trail between Milwaukie and Gladstone, the property was purchased by NCPRD in 2002 using a variety of funding sources including local funds from Metro's 1995 bond measure. Park improvements include the addition of parking, restrooms, a picnic shelter, play area and walking paths. The Oak Lodge Sanitary District partnered with NCPRD to implement the park improvements as well as restoring a portion of Boardman Creek to a more natural condition and improving water quality.
Clackamas County completed work with community members in 2009 to identify hiking trails, interpretive signs, trail kiosks, entrance gate and parking area which will be constructed at Madrone Wall. Also known as the Hardscrabble Quarry, this 44-acre site is located on Highway 224, 2.2 miles east of Carver. The property has been owned by Clackamas County since 1937 but was closed to the public in 1997.
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Clackamas County completed plans in 2008 through a joint project with Portland Parks and Recreation for construction of a new a trailhead at Boring Station and improvements to a 2-mile section of the Springwater Corridor between Rugg Road (where the paved portion of the trail ends) and the Boring town center.
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The county acquired 17 acres along the Molalla River in Canby at Knight's Bridge in 2008 and improved the site to provide public access to the river at this location. The area now has a gravel parking lot and portable restrooms; future work at the site may add trails and picnic areas.
Clackamas County owns an 18.76 acre property on the Clackamas River known as Billy Goat Island that previously had no access, except from the river. The acquisition in 2008 of an additional 2-acres offers options for future development and recreational access to the island for visitors.
Barton Park West campground improvements were completed in 2008 including paving the access road and three ADA campsites in order to create a dust free and quieter atmosphere for campers.
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The City of Durham constructed approximately 700 feet of paved pedestrian and bicycle pathway from the Fanno Creek Bridge to Durham City Park. The new trail segment will eventually connect the existing paved path to the Fanno Creek Greenway Trail.
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In 2007, the City of Forest Grove purchased 4.5 acres adjacent to the 6-acre Stites Nature Park with the help of Metro bond funds. About 10 years ago, the city was given the original parkland but access to it was limited because it was surrounded by private property. The additional parkland will allow people greater access to the nature park in the future.
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The City installed a prefabricated restroom in Cross Park in 2009 along the Clackamas River.
The City of Gladstone completed pathway improvements at the Gladstone Nature Park (located between Oatfield Road and Webster Road) in 2007 with the help of Metro bond funds.
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During the past decade Metro and the City of Gresham have worked together to preserve a broad, forested natural area in Gresham's East Buttes, protect signature views and to improve water quality and fish habitat in Johnson Creek and its tributaries.
Protection of the East Buttes steeply sloped hillsides helps protect water quality, provides scenic value to residents and preserves corridors for wildlife movement and future trails. Gresham began protecting this area with their own land acquisition program in the early 90s and Metro has protected hundreds of additional acres of land in this area. The City of Gresham used local funds from the Metro bond measure to partner with Metro on two important new acquisitions in the East Buttes area in 2007.
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Restoring and improving water quality in Johnson Creek is a priority for Gresham. The city partnered with Metro on the purchase of 20-acres of important floodplain habitat on the main stem of Johnson Creek in 2007. The property is adjacent to the Springwater Corridor.
Find out more about protection efforts in the Johnson Creek watershed
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North Clackamas Parks and Recreation District purchased 33 acres of parkland at Southeast 162nd Avenue in Happy Valley. The land was purchased, in part, to provide recreation opportunities for community residents of all ages in a fast-growing area and is being planned for opening to the public.
Find out more about NCPRD's plans for this new park
The City of Happy Valley teamed up with Metro in 2008, contributing $100,000 of their local share funds to help purchase 21-acres on Scouter Mountain.
Find out more about efforts to protect scenic Scouter Mountain
Lake Oswego used its local funds in 2008 to protect the only developed parcel within the city's 49-acre Iron Mountain Park. The house on the property will be removed and the area restored. The open space and wetlands are accessed by a system of trails and offer visitors opportunities for wildlife viewing right in the heart of Lake Oswego.
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The Hector Campbell Neighborhood in Milwaukie celebrated the grand opening of Homewood Park in April 2009. Volunteers have been working on building Homewood Park for more than 10 years. With funding from from both of Metro's voter-approved bond measures, as well as the City of Milwaukie Neighborhood Grant funds, the new park includes new lawn and irrigation, a play structure, picnic tables, bike racks, new fencing and a nature trail. Blooming trillium were testimony to the efforts of local neighbors to improve the site's condition by steadily removing English ivy and planting thousands of native plants. Homewood Park is located on Southeast Home Avenue between Monroe and Ada Lane.
The City of Milwaukie acquired nearly 1 acre of vacant land in the Ardenwald neighborhood for a future neighborhood park.
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Oregon City purchased a 9-acre property in the High School/Glen Oak Road area, widely recognized by residents as the highest priority for park and open space land acquisition. Located at the corner of Glen Oak Road and High School Access Road, the property has excellent road access and pedestrian connections to surrounding neighborhoods, Oregon City High School, and Clackamas Community College. The configuration and topography of the property are well suited for a future park. Funding for the nearly $2 million acquisition came from the bond measure and local funds (primarily park SDC funds).
A small in-holding within West Portland Park Natural Area was acquired by the City of Portland in 2008. Purchasing this in-holding will protect the area by preventing future development of a potential city street.
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Together the City of Portland and Metro have been working to protect the forested slopes and scenic views of the Clatsop Buttes Natural Area and creating the region's newest large-scale natural area. By combining funds from Metro's 2006 Natural Areas Program with city funds, more than 140 acres have been purchased to preserve wildlife habitat and protect important headwaters of Johnson Creek.
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Portland Parks and Recreation and the Bureau of Environmental Services announced the acquisition in February 2008 of the "Waterleaf" property in Southeast Portland. The acquisition safeguards the 26.85-acre property from future development and helps protect the water quality within the Johnson Creek Watershed. The $4 million purchase was funded by a partnership of Portland's park system development charges (SDC's) acquisition funds, sewer operating funds and Portland's share of Metro's 2006 natural areas bond measure. The site is being managed by Portland Parks and Recreation as part of the Clatsop Buttes natural area.
The nonprofit Trust for Public Land facilitated the acquisition on behalf of the City of Portland from Riverside Homes Inc., who had approval for a 65-lot housing development on the site. TPL is also providing a $1.6 million loan to aid the city in applying for grant funding.
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The City of Tigard purchased a 1.1-acre property on Fanno Creek located between Hall Boulvevard and Main Street. Adjacent to Fanno Creek Park, the property includes a home that the city will study for future use as a public gathering place for meetings, classes, receptions, parties, anniversaries, etc.
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Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation District added an important one-acre parcel to two existing parks that could allow for increased or better park services and amenities for the public. The parks, which are contiguous, are Jordan Park and Jackie Husen Park in the Cedar Mill area of unincorporated Washington County. An additional project, which is just getting started, will fund the design and development of improvements in the parks after a public master planning process.
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In 2008 the City of West Linn completed the construction of a new restroom at Mary S. Young Park with a combination of local park funds, Metro bond measure funds and a grant from the Land and Water Conservation Fund through Oregon State Parks. Located along a scenic stretch of the Willamette River, Mary S. Young Park offers visitors a peaceful place to enjoy the river or walk the park's 5-8 miles of forested trails.
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