Community members will soon have opportunities to shape the future of two places largely hidden from public view in North Portland: St. Johns Prairie and Willamette Cove.
Metro is restoring the former St. Johns Landfill, which received Portland's garbage for decades, into a prairie full of native wildflowers and other plants. St. Johns Prairie, part of Smith and Bybee Wetlands Natural Area, will soon include a public trail to a scenic overlook offering views of four peaks.
A few miles south on the banks of the Willamette River, contamination from decades of industrial use restricted public access to Willamette Cove, a 27-acre Metro natural area. The site is included in the federal Environmental Protection Agency's Portland Harbor Superfund site.
The Portland Harbor Community Coalition is now gearing up to steer a public involvement process as the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, the Port of Portland and Metro work to finalize a cleanup plan for the Willamette Cove property. The community coalition works to elevate the voices of disproportionately impacted communities with ties to the river and upland areas, including communities of color, homeless people and local residents.
Learn more about both properties, other parks and nature news, and find fun nature classes and events in the winter 2019 issue of Our Big Backyard, Metro's quarterly parks and nature magazine.
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