Westmoreland Park, $150,000
A popular Southeast Portland park gets an upgrade with the restoration of Crystal Springs Creek. A concrete channel and playground equipment will be removed from the floodplain, and banks replanted with native trees and shrubs. A new play area will improve sensory awareness and help children discover the natural environment.
Pleasant Valley School boardwalk, $112,000
Restoring the Wildside natural area has been a learning experience for students at Centennial's Pleasant Valley Elementary School – and the lessons will multiply with a new network of trails and boardwalks. This project will allow students to explore the seven-and-a-half-acre natural area more easily, enhancing environmental education without sacrificing habitat.
Conservation Corner, $99,000
A historic property in North Portland's Humboldt neighborhood has been transformed into an outdoor classroom and living laboratory. The demonstration garden, housed at the East Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District office, gives visitors ideas to incorporate natural features into the landscape at home.
Humboldt Learning Garden, $34,000
A long-vacant lot next to Humboldt School is now a learning garden for students and residents of Humbolt Garden, a low-income housing development across the street. Metro's funding helps collect and re-use the school's stormwater and incorporate native plants throughout the garden.
¡Let Us Build Cully Park!, $577,000
Today, Cully Park is a 25-acre former landfill, closed and gated to keep people out. It will soon welcome Northeast Portland residents with walking trails, play and picnic areas and a community garden. The nonprofit Verde is taking the lead in this transformation, engaging diverse community groups and neighbors.
Nadaka Nature Park, $238,806
Lead by the Columbia Slough Watershed Council, neighborhood and community groups secured a second grant to transform the recently acquired gateway to Nadaka Nature Park with gathering spaces, nature-based play and a community garden.