Work underway filling Springwater Trail's 'Sellwood Gap'
Over the objections of a nearby Sellwood resident, Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) began construction on the "Springwater Trail Sellwood Gap" – the unimproved segment of the trail between S.E. 9th and 11th Avenues in March.
At meetings, neighbor Edith Mirante had heartily objected to cutting trees adjacent to her property near S.E. 9th Avenue and Linn. She suggested making a narrower path, or installing a retaining wall, to preserve the trees in that right-of-way.
PP&R acknowledged that, while they were indeed removing 38 trees, 54 trees would still remain. And, they say, they will plant 37 new native trees nearby, to help mitigate the impact – along with making a payment to the City's "tree mitigation fund" for a further 39 new trees in the Rose City.
Then, in the third week of March, the project began. PP&R's Ken Rumbaugh updated THE BEE on the progress of the program. "The site excavation and grading is complete, and the contractor is planning to start asphalt paving on April 18."
Work on sidewalks and ADA ramps in the project zone continue. "Landscaping and tree planting is planned to start within the next two weeks; the project completion is scheduled for July 1st," said Rumbaugh.