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Neighborhood Tree Planting: On the last weekend in January, community members and Friends of Trees staff planted the first of 250 trees purchased with a $65,000 grant from the Delta Park Community Enhancement Fund. A mixture of deciduous trees, including Ginkgos, Paperback Maples, and June Snow Giant Dogwoods are now gracing the neighborhoods of Kenton and Arbor Lodge. A second round of tree plantings on February 10, 2007 brought trees to the Piedmont, Overlook, Humboldt and Boise neighborhoods.

Check back for updated information about the implementation of other exciting community enhancement projects!

In 2002, the Portland/Vancouver area developed a transportation plan for the I-5 corridor between Portland and Vancouver.  Community and elected representatives from Portland and Vancouver developed the I-5 Partnership Strategic Plan. The plan recommended the creation of a community enhancement fund to benefit the communities affected by transportation projects on I-5.
The Delta Park Community Enhancement Fund developed around two limitations:
  • Projects must be eligible for state or federal transportation funding
  • Projects must have a demonstrated relationship with the I-5 Delta Park project area and the potential impacts of the project
The Delta Park Community Enhancement Advisory Board of neighborhood and community representatives guided the process of soliciting enhancement ideas from the community, screening proposed projects, and recommending projects for the $1 million in funds. Following a three month solicitation period, thirteen community enhancement applications requesting almost $3 million in proposed projects received thorough review by the Advisory Board. The selected projects are set forth below. ODOT and the City of Portland are striving to complete these projects in 2007 and 2008.

 Project  Funding Recommended for
Neighborhood Tree Planting Neighborhood tree plantings in the Kenton, Arbor Lodge, Overlook, Piedmont, Humboldt and Boise neighborhoods between N. Albina Avenue and Interstate Avenue.
Rosa Parks Way/Portland Blvd. Bicycle Lanes Bicycle facility improvements on Rosa Parks Way/Portland Boulevard between Vancouver Avenue and Montana Avenue.
Bryant Street Pedestrian Overpass Improving the overpass for pedestrian safety.
I-5/Killingsworth Overcrossing Improvements Widenting sidewalks, installing lighting and providing overpass screening on Killingsworth over I-5.
Columbia Slough Trail Extension of the Columbia Slough Trail between Denver Avenue and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.
Downtown Kenton Traffic circle and other traffic calming measures on Denver Avenue in Kenton.
Peninsula Park Crosswalk Crosswalk improvements on Rosa Parks Way/Portland Boulevard at Kerby Street to provide safer pedestrian access to Peninsula Park.

Read the Community Enhancement Advisory Board’s Preliminary Funding Recommendations  for details.
View a summary of the applications received 
Community Enhancement project area map 
For more information on the Community Enhancement Fund process, please contact:  Shelli Romero, ODOT, 503-731-8231, shelli.romero@odot.state.or.us.