The North Park Square Development project involved a transformation of a contaminated city block into an eco-urban park in the heart of the Pear District. The interior of the park follows the transition of rainwater from lawn and tree areas through a natural cleansing bio-tope to a pond approximately six feet below street level. In addition to plantings and irrigation, the interior of the park includes precast seat walls, cobblestone and gravel walkways, bench seating areas, lighting and a babbling creek which weaves through the interior to the pond. Concrete stairs from the street level lead to a pontoon walkway across the pond. Highlighting the interior along the entire east end is a wave artwall construction of early 1900 train rails and composite glass panels.
The interior of the park is framed by concrete sidewalks on three sides and the continuation of the Pearl District boardwalk on the fourth. Set in the framing are street trees, street lighting and benches facing into the park.
Total Project Value: $2.3 million
Slayden Construction Role: General Contractor
Owner: Portland Parks and Recreation