South Waterfront Greenway

Walker Macy and Thomas Balsley Associates planned and designed this park over a former brownfield in the South Waterfront District, one of the highest density neighborhoods in Oregon. The 1.2-mile Greenway extends riverfront access, offers spectacular open space, and restores habitat. It fulfills an important aspect of the district’s sustainability mission with a unique approach to waterfront development by weaving habitat restoration together with urban park uses. The innovative structured riverbank provides both containment of contaminated post-industrial soils, and in-water habitat for crucial salmon and other species.

City of Portland, OR
Portland, OR
Thomas Balsley Associates
KPFF Consulting Engineers
Hart Crowser
Buster Simpson
2018 The Waterfront Center, Excellence on the Waterfront Park/Walkway/Recreational Honor Award
2016 ACEC Oregon, Engineering Excellence Honor Award
2009 The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design. Green Good Design Award, Environment/Landscape Architecture
2007 New York ASLA, Planning, Analysis, Research and Communications Honor Award
2006 Oregon ASLA, Planning and Analysis Award of Excellence