The City's announced a draft is out for review of the Cultural Landscape Management Plan for Bush Park and Deepwood.
|Draft Plan out for review|
From here, while the plan touches on the way the parks are embedded in the larger Gaiety Hill and Bush Park Historic District, the plan does not give sufficient attention to relations across the park edges, especially the question of how people travel to the park.
Strictly speaking, this is outside the scope of the plan, but when we talk about trip end facilities like better bike parking, or of "gateways" at park corners, we should give more thought to how people arrive at the bike parking or at the gateways. Instead, the plan assumes people have already arrived.
|Yew Park and Corner at Mission & 12th|
This is most apparent in the discussion of Yew Park. Yew Park at Mission and 12th really lacks its own identity as a thing separate from Bush Park and Deepwood, and it's also very disadvantaged by traffic. The draft plan specifically calls out "noise and auto pollution at this corner create an unwelcoming pedestrian environment." The Mission Street overpass, the 12th/13th couplet, the start of the Pringle Parkway, the railroad, and a wild spaghetti of multiuse paths together create a formidable barrier for people who might like to walk or bike. It's hard to reach the park area from the northeast, east, and southeast especially. This deserves more attention.
|Potential gateway at Mission & High|
There is a lesser version of the problem at the corner of Mission and High. But it's not discussed very much either.
|Tree damage from ice storm|
High & Mission, next to Gaiety Hollow
(via On the Way)
And yet, before Gaiety Hollow was built, the Lord family had had the whole corner, and there may be trees that date from Elizabeth Lord's parents' activity, especially her mother, who was active in garden and floral societies. The intersection of Mission and High, and its constituent corners, has seemed like something that deserves more attention for walking especially. Mission and 12th is really difficult, but Mission and High not as much. There is a latent energy at that corner to be tapped!
|Why equivocation about climate?|
The section on climate starts with a strange and discordant equivocation: "Whether the result of human action, natural processes, or both, we live in an era of increasing climate change." Are we still doing this?
|We have a Guidance of Youth problem|
And finally, there is an oblique suggestion that Guidance of Youth is a problem that needs to be mitigated. (There are also sections of the plan omitted as they are still being written in partnership with the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde.)
On other topics, the ideas from the survey in December seem to be carried forward without significant modification, and there does not seem to be much to say on them. There does not appear to be any north-south axial enhancement for bike travel along a Church Street alignment. (See this note on High Street for more on north-south connectivity.)
|Revive the historic carriageway|
|Bike parking, Lee St Bridge|
The plan is long, over 300pp total, and there might be more to say later after digging into it more. There are many angles of approach to it. Oak preservation will be a special interest for many. The City also has a survey out on the draft, as well as some video conference presentations and discussions. See the project page for more detail.