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Photos and Videos from Riverwalk Event June 3rd

Thu 20 Jul 17

Well over 600 people attended the riverwalk design unveiling and celebration at OMSI on Saturday, June 3rd. Below are some photo and video highlights! See our post on riverwalk design if you missed it or want to dig deeper into the documents. Watch the full riverwalk design presentation from Snhoetta’s Michelle Delk.       We are

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Our website has a new look!

Fri 26 May 17

Repeat visitors to our website will notice that our website has a refreshed look, new navigation options, redesigned news page and updated URL!

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Partners Group Meeting on May 17

Fri 12 May 17

The next Partners Group meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, May 17, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Metro Regional Center, Council Chamber.

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Grounded in Science: Project Site Conservation

Sun 23 Apr 17

Restoring habitat at the Willamette Falls Legacy Project site provides an exceptional opportunity to conserve sensitive habitats and species while connecting people with regional and local conservation priorities.

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Willamette Falls Geology: A Story of Two Floods

Thu 20 Apr 17

We sat down with Dr. Scott Burns, Professor of Geology at Portland State University, to learn more about what fascinating historic and geologic events came together to create the falls we see today.

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End of an era through a pioneer’s eyes

Thu 9 Mar 17

A profile of Janet Malloch, the first woman technician and shift supervisor, who worked at Blue Heron Paper Company from 1977 until its closing in 2011. During that time, she paved the way for women to work in mills, moving up the ranks from technician to board member.

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Partners Group Meeting on March 15th

Thu 9 Mar 17

The next Partners Group meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, March 15, from 9:00-10:30 a.m. at the Oregon City Library.

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WFLP site interpretive design

Mon 6 Mar 17

As one of our four core values, historic and cultural interpretation has been at the heart of project planning from the beginning and will be incorporated into each phase of riverwalk development.

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Continuous Commerce: Willamette Falls

Wed 1 Mar 17

Focusing on the project’s core value of Economic Redevelopment, we’ve reflected on the falls’ past, present and future as an economic and industry engine for Oregon City and the state.

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Revitalizing Urban Waterfronts

Tue 21 Feb 17

There are many examples of beautiful and compelling riverfront redevelopments that include collaborative public/private partnerships, unique features and innovative ways to incorporate the sites’ vibrant histories. Many of these projects have similarities to ours.

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Design options for the pipe chase

Wed 4 Jan 17

Results from the riverwalk community event – learn about design options for the pipe chase on the Willamette Falls Legacy Project site.

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Welcome, Brian Moore!

Fri 9 Dec 16

Brian Moore has joined the Willamette Falls Legacy Project as Project Manager.

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Exploring the site: the service yard

Tue 15 Nov 16

Get ready – riverwalk design concepts are coming! Leading up to that, we are highlighting some key site elements that you will see in the design concepts, including the Pipe Tunnel, the North Riverbank, the Clarifier, the Service Yard, and the Hawley Powerhouse Foundation.

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Partners Group Meeting on November 16

Mon 14 Nov 16

The next Willamette Falls Legacy Project Partners Group meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, November 16, from 12:30-2:00 p.m. at the Oregon City Library. Meetings are open to the public.

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Exploring the site: the Hawley Powerhouse Foundation

Tue 8 Nov 16

Our design team is investigating ways to reuse, enhance, or re-purpose structures and elements from the old mill and PGE dam; along with opportunities that come from removal. Today, we focus on the Hawley Powerhouse Foundation, a structure that once held turbines to generate power from the falls.

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Exploring the site: the Clarifier

Tue 25 Oct 16

Get ready – riverwalk design concepts are coming this November! Leading up to that, we are highlighting some key site elements that you will see in the design concepts. This week, we focus on the Clarifier, a large concrete tank that was used to treat effluent from the paper-making process.

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Exploring the site: the North Riverbank

Wed 19 Oct 16

Get ready – riverwalk design concepts are coming this November! Leading up to that, we are highlighting some key site elements that you will see in the design concepts, including the Pipe Tunnel, the North Riverbank, the Clarifier, the Service Yard, and the Hawley Powerhouse Foundation.

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Exploring the site: the Pipe Tunnel

Mon 10 Oct 16

Our design team is investigating ways to reuse, enhance, or re-purpose structures and elements from the old mill and PGE dam. One of them is the Pipe Tunnel, a hollow concrete tunnel structure on the edge of the site, right along the banks of the Willamette.

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Stakeholder Spotlight: Downtown Oregon City Association

Tue 4 Oct 16

Stakeholder spotlight: Downtown Oregon City Association, a nonprofit working to revitalize downtown Oregon City. DOCA is responsible for some of Oregon City’s most popular and high-profile community events, including the annual First City Celebration in July.

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Partners Group decision on whitewater park proposal

Tue 20 Sep 16

At its public meeting in Oregon City on September 19, the Willamette Falls Legacy Project partners group decided unanimously to move forward on its public riverwalk project as planned, without further consideration of a proposal to integrate a whitewater park into the project.

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Riverwalk Opportunities Report Now Available

Wed 14 Sep 16

The riverwalk design team conducted an existing conditions investigation of the old Blue Heron mill site and PGE dam and documented their work in a report that describes the various areas and structures on the site. The report provides initial thoughts on the opportunities that each piece presents for the riverwalk experience.

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Partners Group meeting September 19

Wed 14 Sep 16

The next Partners Group meeting is scheduled for Monday, September 19th at 10:00AM at the Clackamas County Auditorium at 150 Beavercreek Road in Oregon City.

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Project staff offer recommendation on whitewater park proposal

Fri 26 Aug 16

After months of careful deliberation, including numerous meetings and discussions with project partners, riverwalk stakeholders, whitewater park supporters and community members, project staff has made its recommendation on the proposal to the Willamette Falls Legacy Partners Group, which is responsible for making major project decisions.

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Partners Group Meeting Recap

Thu 14 Jul 16

Thanks to all who attended the Partners Group meeting on July 11th. Following the July 11 meeting of the Willamette Falls Legacy Project Partners Group, project partners are accepting written public testimony on a proposal that a whitewater park be included in riverwalk design.

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Partners Group meeting July 11th

Wed 6 Jul 16

The Willamette Falls Legacy Project Partners Group consists of two elected officials and one administrator from each of the four partner agencies, Oregon City, Clackamas County, Metro, and the State of Oregon. The group meets four times a year to provide leadership and direction for the project. The next Partners Group meeting is scheduled for Monday, July 11th.

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UO Architecture students hold final design exhibition for post-industrial Willamette Falls

Wed 5 Aug 15

In early June, a dozen University of Oregon architecture students lent their minds to take on the colossal task of re-envisioning the now defunct Blue Heron Paper Mill site in Oregon City. Each student selected a theme, bringing his or her own creativity and imagination to this historic undertaking.

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The Oregon Legislature supports a $7.5 million investment in the Willamette Falls Legacy Project

Tue 21 Jul 15

We are proud to announce that the Oregon Legislature has supported a $7.5 million investment in the Willamette Falls Legacy Project.The Legislature invested lottery-backed bond money in the Willamette Falls Riverwalk, which would bring visitors from downtown Oregon City to the edge of one of North America’s largest waterfalls. “I want to thank the many

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Tribes mark the beginning of Riverwalk design

Wed 10 Jun 15

Photo: Representatives of the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs join the Oregon Governor for the announcement of the Willamette Falls schematic design team. From left to right, Evaline Patt, Tribal Council Vice-Chair, Governor Kate Brown and Eugene Greene Jr., Tribal Council Chairman. Native Americans have been fishing, gathering and trading at Willamette Falls for

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Design team announced for schematic design of the Riverwalk

Thu 4 Jun 15

On May 29, Governor Kate Brown announced the selection of the schematic design team for the Willamette Falls Riverwalk. The team of Mayer/Reed, Snøhetta and DIALOG will work collaboratively to create a design for the Riverwalk that helps transform the vision for Willamette Falls into reality, reconnecting people to the falls, and creating a destination

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Our new website debuts

Wed 3 Jun 15

Today, our new project website launches. Take a look around—we’ve got information about the genesis of the Willamette Falls Legacy Project, the planned Downtown District, with places to live, work and play, and how you can become a champion of the project.

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