The Restoration of Pettygrove Park

"Keep trees off top & sides of mounds - place at base of mounds only!"Original sketch by Lawrence Halprin of Pettygrove Park, dated November 15, 1965

“Keep trees off top & sides of mounds – place at base of mounds only!”
Original sketch by Lawrence Halprin of Pettygrove Park, dated November 15, 1965

The Halprin Landscape Conservancy and the City of Portland have partnered in initiating a historically responsible restoration of Pettygrove Park and the other public spaces the comprise Lawrence Haprin’s world-renowned Portland Open Space Sequence.

What’s Already Happened:

  • Portland Bureau of Transportation has replaced lighting to increase night visibility
  • Preliminary restoration of the grass and groundcover on the berms
  • Temporary repairs to the irrigation system
  • Increasing the health of the urban canopy by removing 16 trees to be replaced later with young healthy ones

What’s Expected to Happen by Fall 2013:

  • Increase ADA accessibility
  • Install a water-conserving irrigation system
  • Plant 16 young and healthy replacement trees to add sunlight and diversify the age of trees to increase the health of the urban canopy and light into the park
  • Restore the original drinking fountain
  • Restore the existing benches and add four new ones
  • Repair the stormwater drainage system
  • Repave the park

Elsewhere in the Open Space Sequence:

At the Lovejoy Plaza and Fountain

  • Portland Parks & Recreation has replaced root-ruptured sidewalks on the Third Avenue promenade. Six young and healthy replacement trees are to be planted by Spring 2013.
  • Portland Parks & Recreation will be restoring the Lovejoy Shelter, the structure designed by architect Charles Moore (1925 – 1993) in collaboration with Lawrence Halprin
  • Eventual restoration of original plantings, concrete plaza and wall surfaces, aging pumps, and other deferred maintenance at the Lovejoy Plaza and Fountain and elsewhere throughout the Portland Open Space Sequence and its connecting promenades

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