Beginning construction this Spring in April and May will be two City of Portland Neighborhood Greenway project improvements along SW Terwilliger Boulevard.
One large “Green Street” feature that the Bureau of Environmental Services (BES) has designed will be installed at SW Caldew Drive and SW 7th Avenue (see Figure 1). This improvement will better define and separate the intersections of SW Caldew Drive and SW 7th Avenue and was identified back in 1983 as a needed improvement within Terwilliger Parkway Corridor Plan.
The other Neighborhood Greenway project will be nearby at SW Chestnut Street and SW 6th Avenue (see figure 2) where the large grassy island is along SW Terwilliger Boulevard.
These two Neighborhood Greenway improvements by the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) have undergone significant coordination between PBOT, BES and Portland Parks and Recreation, the Hillsdale Neighborhood Association and the Friend’s of Terwilliger regarding the specific project locations and amenities. It is through this coordination that the Friend’s of Terwilliger was able to have incorporated in the swale’s design at SW Caldew Dr. & SW 7th Avenue the foundation for a southern Terwilliger Parkway “gateway” sign allowing for the southern sign to be installed in the future when funding is secured. These Neighborhood Greenway projects are a sizeable and significant investment by the three City bureaus which will significantly enhance the Parkway visually at these prominent locations while also substantially improving pedestrian and bicycle safety and enhancing storm water management and improved water quality.