Year in Review
Eagle Point Acquisition
View from Eagle Point, November 2014. Peter DeCrescenzo
The high point of our year was the Eagle Point celebration in September introducing you all to this newest addition to the Parkway. Since then, the Parks Department has been doing extensive clearing of the many weedy tree and engulfing invasives around this viewpoint. We look forward to the public process of defining goals for how the site should look and function. See our website and the Eagle Point History article in this newsletter for more about the event and the property. And see the Gift Ideas in this newsletter for information on where to buy the Legacy of the Olmsted Brothers book that Bill Hawkins introduced during our event.
Board members have been busy monitoring and commenting on multiple issues and planning efforts relating to the Parkway. Just a few of these topics include:
> Participating in the complex long term planning for the SW Transit Corridor, with a focus on keeping the natural scenic character of the Parkway and finding good rapid transit alternatives for traffic to OHSU.
> Meeting with the Bureau of Transportation for an on-site tour of safety and scenic considerations for the Parkway. As just one result of this meeting, the visual clutter on the Parkway has been reduced with the removal of the Pothole Hotline signs.
> Participating in the planning process for the work on the Chestnut / 7th Street and Capitol Highway intersections, with a continued focus on natural planting and pedestrian/bicycle safety and convenience.
WOW, what a year! Friends of Terwilliger hosted 15 work parties in 2014. Thanks to our partners: Hands on Greater Portland, Portland Parks & Rec, Homestead Neighborhood Assoc, University of Portland, SW Trails, and countless individual volunteers we cleared almost 2 acres of ground ivy, blackberries, and clematis. We also freed over 280 trees of suffocating ivy and helped preserve our tree canopy. Our volunteer efforts continue to grow thanks to all of YOU!! Over 200 community volunteers contributed to making the Parkway a very special place. THANK YOU!!
We hope to see you this coming Saturday and throughout 2015. See our upcoming workparty dates in the sidebar.
Outreach and Education
We introduced this e-news letter in the spring and have been pleased with the positive response. Please let us know (info@TerwilligerFriends.org) if you have any suggestions for additional topics, questions or comments on anything we’ve written, or “letter to the editor” thoughts you’d like included in the next issue.
We’re also continuing to work on plans for attractive informational signage for the Parkway – south and central entrance signs for basic public awareness to match the north Terwilliger Parkway sign at Duniway Park, and interpretive signs at key locations.