Learn to swim FREE June 18 – 21 at any Portland Parks pool … including Pier Park! This session requires walk-in registration tomorrow, Sat, June 15, from 8:00-11:30 AM. Pier Pool is located at 9341 N. St Johns Ave.
The following was submitted by Elizabeth Kennedy-Wong as a Parks summation of the May meeting and trail alignment plan.
Hello Friends of Pier Park et al – Please share this information.
– Based on the conversation at the Friends of Pier Park meeting, Here are the responses to the comments/requests and the recommendation to move forward.
· Vehicle access – Public vehicles are not allowed on the trail. Parks maintenance vehicles may (gators) and emergency vehicles may need access to the trail
· Trail alignment – There was a request to increase the curves in the trail to slow bike traffic – the design will be modified to increase the meander just west of tee box #2 to further slow pathway users.
· Landscaping – There was discussion about using planting to reduce potential impacts/conflicts between the ballfield users and trail users – There are potential long term conflicts with the baseball field during games. PP&R Parks avoids planting trees next to pathways because of long term maintenance problems associated with root upheaval, and finally, the need for irrigation of new plants is difficult given current budget challenges and lack of available maintenance staff for care.
· Tree Protection – There is strong support for ensuring that the trail design through the Giant Sequoias take care not to harm the trees – We have committed that our Forestry Staff will be closely involved in the trail design and construction.
· Trail Width – There was lack of clarity in the group regarding trail width – strong support for a wider trail, strong support for a narrower trail – The width will remain at 8’ and be modified as necessary in the area of the Giant Sequoias
· Interpretive signs – There was a request to use interpretation to education park users about the Giant Sequoias – Interpretation in this area could be considered, an independent source of funding and maintenance would need to be identified
We have received a communication from an individual who attended the meeting that expressed opposition to the design presented at the Friends of Pier Park meeting.
We have also received communication for an individual who attended the meeting who expressed strong support for the design as presented.
Most individuals present at the meeting indicated that they would be supportive of moving forward.
With the information and modifications indicated above, we are recommending that we move forward .
Thanks to you all for working with us.
Come to the May Friends of Pier Park meeting on Tuesday the 21st at 6:30 pm at the St. Johns Community Center.
- Accessible bike path and bridge configuration report
- Sequoia memorial report and discussion
- Website report and discussion.
All are welcome!
The good news is that we have funding for the accessible bike path that will extend from the end of the Pier/Chimney bridge and through Pier Park. This link was critical to protect the Sequoia grove from cyclists coming off the bridge and to provide accessibility to the North Portland Greenway transportation structure. This is a big thank you to Commissioner Amanda Fritz for paying attention and advocating for Pier Park and the npGreenway.
The next step includes planning for the accessible bike route through Pier Park and advocating that the accessible ramp from the bridge be designed to curve away from the center of the Sequoia grove so as to impact the grove as little as possible.
Come to the May 21st meeting at the St. Johns Community Center at 6:30 pm to learn more.
Portland Parks and Recreation is hosting this meeting on Wednesday, April 24th, 6:30 – 8:00 pm at the St. Johns Community Center.
This is your chance to understand how construction of the pedestrian/bike bridge will impact access to and use of both Chimney and Pier Parks from April 2013 to November 2013.
Construction impacts may include:
- Temporary loss of access to park areas
- Realignment of disc golf course
- Reduced size of off-leash area.
Friends of Pier Park board has cancelled the April FoPP meeting because several board members are unavailable to attend on April 16th. In addition, we want you to come to the Pier Park Pick-Up on April 20th and to attend the meeting listed above. The next Friends of Pier Park meeting will be Tuesday, May 21st.
On Saturday, March 16th, Friends of Pier Park was recognized, at the annual Celebrate North Portland dinner, for extraordinary commitment and service to North Portland. The award was a surprise, at least to the FoPP board member and volunteer who was attending the dinner. Fortunately, Mary Ann Aschenbrenner, Technology Officer was there to accept the award. She took advantage of the opportunity to invite the attendees to come to a FoPP meeting and thank Mike Verbout for his continuing service to this community.
Former FoPP board member, Pamela Plance was also recognized for her service to our community.