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Waterfront Park revitalization: PSU student planners want your opinion
Author: Melissa Binder, The Oregonian
Posted: April 25, 2014

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A team of six Portland State University graduate students is working with the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability to revitalize Tom McCall Waterfront Park in downtown.

"People love the waterfront, but they don't feel that it lives up to its full potential," said Eve Nilenders, who, like the others, is a graduate student at PSU's Nohad A. ToulanSchool of Urban Studies and Planning.

Waterfront Park "lacks vibrancy" and doesn't provide visitors easy access to the Willamette River, according to the project's website. The team is collecting feedback from Portlanders and will present the city with recommendations to improve the park.

Want to get involved? Here's how:

Attend "A Day in the Park" April 27 at Waterfront Park

  • Tents with arts and crafts for kids, information and available sporting equipment (such as Frisbees and soccer balls) will encourage activity at the waterfront and show visitors what the park could be like with more amenities
  • Informational tours will highlight the park's history and provide an opportunity to share feedback and ideas

Attend an open house May 10 at Mercy Corp's Headquarters (45 S.W. Ankeny St.)

  • The team will present their recommendations to the public, stakeholders and city officials
  • Attendees will have a chance to provide feedback

Offer feedback online

  • Take the team's online survey by May 2
  • Provide location-specific feedback with the team's map app