Creek Daylighting at Albert Kelly Park

Saturday, November 18 2017, 9am-12pm
Albert Kelly Park – Entrance at SW Dosch Rd & SW Mitchell St 

The public is invited to take part in the last phase of the creek daylighting project in Albert Kelly Park on Saturday Nov 18.

For years, Restoration Creek has flowed through Albert Kelly Park, though it was only visible in half the park. The creek flows above ground from the NE corner, then into a pipe through the lower half. Unfortunately, when streams are piped underground, their natural function in the ecosystem is degraded. 

For this reason, the Bureau of Environmental Services (BES) in partnership with Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) has undertaken the “daylighting” of Restoration Creek, removing the pipe and bringing the stream back to the surface. Above-ground streams provide many more benefits for the surrounding ecosystem and neighborhood, including: reduced stormwater runoff, increased groundwater recharge, less erosion, and enhanced habitat for birds, amphibians, fish, and insects. 

The daylighting project expands on decades of work by the Bridlemile Creek Stewards, who removed invasive plants and planted native species along the upper portion of the creek. The group's long history of restoration in the neighborhood grew out of a collaboration between Greg Schifsky and Steve Mullinax, first introduced at a Bridlemile Neighborhood Association meeting. 

Their first restoration project was on Fanno Creek behind Albertson’s in 1998. Other early projects restored the yards of streamside Bridlemile residences. The group’s first project on public land in was Hamilton Park, funded by BES through a Community Watershed Stewardship Grant. Later, another Steward, Victor von Salza, initiated the first part of the project in Albert Kelly Park.

From 2001 to 2008, the Stewards’ efforts in Hamilton and Albert Kelly Parks represented a sustained neighborhood effort, spanning achievements such as planting thousands of native trees and shrubs, removing large areas of invasive plants, and restoring important streamside habitat. Also important were the benefits of neighborhood cohesion, collaboration and team building. 

Through the years, PP&R, BES and Southwest Neighborhoods, Inc., have been important partners in this work. Hundreds of volunteers from civic and religious groups contributed thousands of hours of work, alongside non-profit collaborators such as Tualatin Riverkeepers and SOLV. We salute the people and organizations working together to protect and restore habitat and water quality, and the notable improvements to Restoration Creek and Albert Kelly Park over the years.

Today, there’s just one phase of the daylighting project left. Here’s where you come in! PP&R and BES invite the public to help restore the streamside by planting native plants and removing invasive species. The event will be in memory of Greg Schifsky. It is free and family-friendly, but children must be accompanied by an adult. Instruction, gloves, tools, and refreshments provided! Please dress for the weather, wear boots or sturdy shoes and bring water.

What: Albert Kelly Native Planting

When: Saturday, November 18 2017, 9am-12pm

Where: Albert Kelly Park – Entrance at SW Dosch Rd & SW Mitchell St 

Questions?: Contact Mary Verrilli (503) 823-9423
  or at mary.verrilli@portlandoregon.gov

RSVP requested @ https://www.portlandoregon.gov/parks/article/655701