Willamette Falls Riverwalk wins ASLA-NY Award

Willamette Falls Riverwalk wins ASLA-NY Award

The American Society of Landscape Architecture’s New York Chapter has celebrated the plan to revive Oregon City’s Willamette Falls with an award in their General Landscape Architecture Design Category.

All awarded projects will be on exhibit at the Center for Architecture from April 2-27, 2018.

The collaborative behind Willamette Falls Riverwalk’s revival, Snøhetta, Mayer-Reed and DIALOG, sought to open the spirit of the Falls to the public by providing connective, explorative pathways.

As a catalyst for a new era, the site offers a place for visitors to discover the full height of the Falls and its rugged shoreline. This adaptive reuse project aims to reconnect the city to the waterfront and its spectacular views of the Fall. It will lay down the next historic layer – an experiential river walk that foretells a story of renewed economy, environmental sensitivity, and historic importance, all while repurposing the existing infrastructure of the industrial site of the Blue Heron Paper Mill.

Through sensitive site editing, the design will provide public access and interpretation of a unique crop of nationally important historic structures that charted the industrial history of the Pacific Northwest. The selective removal of industrial structure will restore healthy animal and plant habitats within the retained structures and on the basalt bedrock of the site. This will establish an ecological vitality unique to the site and in service to endangered wildlife species. New public gathering spaces will anchor the site as the civic heart of downtown, offering key opportunities for events and redevelopment that will drive economic renewal.

Learn more about the design story here.

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