Work continues to re-build the retaining rock wall leading to Eagle Point; part of Terwilliger Parkway. Eagle Point was first identified by Portland city founders as a key viewpoint in the late 1890s. A house was soon built here and stood for over 100 years. It was probably at this time that the retaining rock wall was built. Here’s a photo of the work taken October 30th.
After over a hundred years in private ownership Eagle Point, with surrounding 1 acre of land, was finally added to Terwilliger Parkway and into the public’s hands in 2013.
Many winters of rain and snow, and of course many decades of English ivy invasions, have contributed to the rock wall’s failing. The original large boulders have come loose resulting in loss of stability and soil movement at the site. Portland Parks and Recreation located some funding and a stone mason has begun re-stacking the original rocks, adding gravel behind for needed stability. If any additional rocks are needed, locally sourced Rocky Butte Basalt stones will be used. Come by, in the coming weeks, and check out the new and improved look.