The SMILE Stewardship of Natural Amenities Committee (SNAC) invites you to
ATTEND A FAMILY-FRIENDLY PUBLIC FORUMÂ
about the Sellwood Gap in the Springwater Corridor Trail
7-8:30pm on Wednesday, March 12thÂ
at theÂ SMILE StationÂ (SE 13th Avenue and Tenino Street)
Hello neighbor! As you probably know, for the last couple of years many neighbors in Sellwood-Moreland have been engaged in a community-driven process to envision how new public lands surrounding the Sellwood Gap in the Springwater Corridor Trail could look once the trail gets paved between SE Umatilla and 13th. You’ve seen us at the farmer’s market and Sundae in the Park. You’ve talked to us at events on site and have come to design brainstorms at the SMILE Station.
Now’s your chance toÂ attend theÂ last in-person public forum during the public comment period which endsÂ March 31st.Â
We want your feedback on the goals and values that have been identified for this project so they may be considered in the final design plans for these lands.Â Join us to learn more about this opportunity, share your opinions, and engage with the neighbors who have been working to ensure that these new public spaces become treasures in our neighborhood.
Restoring native habitat… preserving corridors for wildlife…creating community gathering spaces… ensuring public safety… incorporating edible plants… maintaining open spaces for recreation… recognizing the area’s historic attributes…Â What is important to you?
Tell usÂ onÂ Wednesday, March 12th, 7-8:30pmÂ at the SMILE Station (SE 13th and Tenino). Hope to see you then!
Can’t make it to this forum?
THREE OTHER WAYS TO COMMENT BYÂ MARCH 31ST
- Complete the online survey
- Send a comment by e-mail:Â email@example.com
- Request a Survey by MailÂ byÂ sending a self-addressed stampedÂ business-sizedÂ
envelope to SMILE, ATT: Sellwood Gap Survey Request,Â 8210 SE 13thÂ Avenue, Portland,Â Oregon 97202.
For more information see below orÂ visit the SMILE websiteÂ www.sellwood.org/the-
The Springwater Corridor trail is a popular bicycle and pedestrian path that parallels the historicÂ Springwater Line rail route from inner southeast Portland near OMSI all the way to Boring.Â Â The â€œSellwood Gapâ€ refers to an incomplete section of the trail as it runs through the Sellwood-Moreland neighborhood.Â Â The Sellwood Gap beginsÂ just south of the Sellwood Bridge at Umatilla Street and extends along the railroad tracks to SE 19thÂ Avenue at Ochoco Street. Through voter-approved bond measures, Metro purchased six vacant parcels of land within the Sellwood Gap to enable the City of Portland to pave the trail from SE Umatilla Street to 13thÂ Avenue.Â Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) will manage the trail and the Metro-owned lands under the terms of an Intergovernmental Agreement.Though construction of the trail is expected to begin in early 2014, neither the City nor Metro has plans for the use of the land adjacent to the trail once this gap is closed.Â
Residents of the Sellwood-Moreland neighborhood â€“ acting through the neighborhood associationâ€™s Stewardship of Natural Amenities Committee (SNAC) â€“ have initiated a community-driven process for deciding how these public lands could be enjoyed and maintained by neighbors and trail users in collaboration with PP&R.Â Â In neighborhood meetings, proposed uses for the land have includedÂ restoring native landscapes, creating wildlife habitat, creating community gathering spaces, preserving passive open space, incorporating edible landscaping, and recognizing the areaâ€™s historic significance, among other values.Â While the group seeks public input on the emphasis for all six public land parcels, initial work will begin with a Demonstration Project on the triangular site located between SE Linn and Marion streets at 9thÂ Avenue. Through a survey and two public meetings, SNACâ€™s Sellwood Gap Working Group and PP&R invite the broader community to provide input regarding priorities for the use of this land. The feedback provided will inform the groupâ€™s final design plan. The working group additionally seeks to identify people who are interested in helping to implement a community-driven vision for all of the public lands within the Sellwood Gap.