The St. Johns Main Street Coalition is working with Burgerville and DeSantis landscaping to relandscape the welcome island, or “gateway greenspace” located next to Burgerville at the intersection of Ivanhoe St. and Philadelphia St. The island, owned and unmaintained by PBOT, is currently home to invasive ivy, laurel, and some unsightly and unsanitary rodents.
We envision transforming the space into an attractive, active, welcoming island at the entrance of St. Johns. The space will encourage auto and foot traffic to continue their journey into the downtown, and will demonstrate the pride we take in our community. The paths and benches will provide a space for community members to eat lunch on a sunny day, and expand the space available during community events.
What is the proposed plan?
The draft plan (pictured above) proposes to remove a bulk of the ivy and laurel and replace them with a mixture of landscaping, paths, and benches. The plants are primarily native plants, and will receive ongoing maintenance by DeSantis Landscaping through a generous donation from Burgerville . The paths will be made out of Decomposed Gravel, an attractive, permeable surface that requires little maintenance.
You can find an alternative overhead view here. This sketch does not show as much landscaping as the draft at the top of the page. You can find photos of the proposed plants here. The plans are still in draft form, which is why we want your input!
How can I give feedback?
The relandscaping is “phase one” of the project. We are interested in other ideas for how to further enliven the space through art, historic displays, information signs, or other additions. We are soliciting feedback and suggestions both on the current design and ideas for a future “phase 2.” You can send your comments and ideas to email@example.com.
We will also be tabling at the Winter Social on January 25th at Roosevelt High School from 4-8 pm, where we will have the plans on display and will be accepting comments. We will have an open house for comments at our Design committee meeting on February 5th at 6:30 pm in the Main Street office. We will present at the St. Johns Neighborhood Association on February 10th at 7:00 pm in the Community Center. We encourage you to attend one of these presentations if you are interested in learning more.
How can I get involved?
In partnership with the University of Portland and Rebuilding Together, we will have one big volunteer planting day on Saturday, March 22nd at 9:00 am. We anticipate the need for 2 other volunteer days in March to help clear debris and install the hardscaping. If you are interested in volunteering, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This project is possible thanks to generous donations from Burgerville and DeSantis landscaping, and a District Improvement Grant from the Portland Development Commission. We extend our thanks to the energy, passion, and creative that each partner has brought to the table.