Introducing the Arleta Triangle Square

Picture contains an isometric, aerial overview of a site plan for a sliplane northeast of the intersection of SE 72nd Ave and SE Woodstock Blvd in Portland, Oregon. The area is highlighted in yellow.
(rendering provided by Portland State University Center for Public Interest Design)

Portland has a new community plaza and it is right here in beautiful Mt. Scott-Arleta! The Arleta Triangle Square opened earlier this month and thanks to hundreds of responses from the community a vision has emerged.

Picture shows a conceptual rendering of a public plaza of the Arleta Triangle Project in southeast Portland, Oregon. People are seen gathered within a bright, colorful plaza. The mural leads towards a stage where people are gathered on it. Woodstock Blvd can be seen in the background.
(rendering provided by Portland Bureau of Transportation)

Last year the neighborhood experienced a dramatic increase in gunfire violence and reckless driving. Thanks to the support of multiple bureaus, a community-initiated plan led by impacted neighbors saw a 64% reduction of confirmed shootings over a three month pilot period in the area surrounding 72nd Ave and Woodstock.Violent crime remained steady city wide during the same time. The opening of the Arleta Triangle Square is the next phase of the community safety strategy and one that started decades ago.

People are shown with shovels, wheelbarrows, and yard equipment in an open field of grass with a linden tree. In the background SE Woodstock Blvd can be seen.
(photo provided by the Arleta Triangle Project)

The Arleta Triangle Project began in earnest thanks to a cohort of community members in 2005. They were interested in creating a safer crossing of 72nd Ave at Woodstock and building out space for community use from an “island” of land at the intersection. The linden tree shown above in the photo is still present today. The project is a rare autonomous space within the city organized and supported by community volunteers. Thanks to City Council, the Office of Commissioner Hardesty and the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT), the neighborhood now has a plaza with increased safety and access for public gatherings. The Arleta Triangle Square is your shared space for events, gatherings, public forums, celebration and relaxation.

Photograph shows the newly opened Arleta Triangle Square public plaza in southeast Portland, Oregon. Concrete planters painted yellow are seen in the foreground. The image is taken at sunset and SE 72nd Avenue can be seen in the background.
(photo provided by Mt. Scott-Arleta Neighborhood Association)

The genesis can be traced back to 1994 when the Mt. Scott-Arleta Neighborhood Association (MSANA) adopted support for the Mt. Scott/Arleta Neighborhood Plan. This included a vision for the neighborhood in 2020 centered on livability and community pride. Sidewalks are accessible to people walking and “the streets are safe and traffic through the neighborhood is limited.” That plan is city ordinance today and approved by resolution back in 1996.

The image is a picture of yarrow and California poppies within the yellow, concrete planters located at the Arleta Triangle Square. The sun is illuminating the clouds above during sunset in Portland, Oregon.
(photo provided by Mt. Scott-Arleta Neighborhood Association)

Over the next few months, the Portland State University (PSU) Center for Public Interest Design, PBOT, the Office of Commissioner Hardesty, MSANA, Portland Parks & Recreation, Multnomah County Youth Violence Prevention Office, and Anderson Construction Foundation will grow our partnerships. Later this week we hope to have outdoor furniture available and begin implementing the plaza plan later into the summer. The design is based upon input from hundreds of community members which indicated a strong desire for public performances, plantings and access to nature, arts and murals, and flexibility to host community events. The colors and art may change.

Picture shows a conceptual rendering of a public plaza of the Arleta Triangle Project in southeast Portland, Oregon. People are seen gathered within a bright, colorful plaza. The mural leads towards a stage where people are gathered on it. Woodstock Blvd can be seen in the foreground.
(rendering provided by Portland Bureau of Transportation)

Please join us for our monthly work parties held on the last Saturday morning of each month throughout the summer. Light refreshments will be provided. Thank you for being a neighbor and making the neighborhood a safe, welcoming space for everyone. We hope to see you outside this summer at the Arleta Triangle Square!

Reimagining Public Space! Arleta Triangle Square

Help us shape the vision for this new public space the whole community can enjoy!

The Arleta Triangle Project began in 2005 when neighbors came together to activate space for people. The space sits at the crossroads of 72nd Ave and Woodstock Blvd. To help improve neighborhood safety, the “slip-lane” (pictured below) is being turned into a community space for the Mt. Scott-Arleta neighborhood! In order to have the best space possible, we need to consult the neighborhood experts: You!

***Accepting responses until June 1st. Project aims to start Fall 2022.

Scan this QR Code! This code will link you to a survey on the future of this plaza.

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 What do you imagine for this space? Gardens? Art? Plants? Mutual Aid Cabinets? Places to sit? Survey available in multiple languages. 

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScH-IgHR_2guPhTDoVIPdHIAtzyz-gNfEFd6ZDH-auH-TlZjw/viewform

Have further questions? Direct them to Greg Raisman at PBOT with the email greg.raisman@portlandoregon.gov 

 

Foster Road Traffic Advisory between 101st and 111th Aves



News media contact:

Hannah Schafer
Cell: 971-235-8472
hannah.schafer@portlandoregon.gov
@pbotinfo

Traffic Advisory:A smoother street is coming to SE Foster Road between 101st and 111th avenues starting May 23

(May 19, 2022) Paving work begins Monday, May 23 on SE Foster Road between 101st and 111th avenues, as part of the Portland Bureau of Transportation’s (PBOT) ongoing street maintenance program. The work is expected to last approximately three weeks, with work occurring between 6:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

In total, PBOT crews will grind down and repave approximately 1.9 lane miles of pavement.

The road design will generally remain in its current configuration, but PBOT will be adding buffers along the existing bike lanes. To ensure there’s enough buffer between the vehicle travel lanes and the new, safer bike lane, on-street parking will be removed along the south side of SE Foster Road, between the Springwater Corridor crossing and SE 110th/111th Avenue. Additionally, PBOT crews will be evaluating and constructing curb ramps and crosswalks to meet ADA standards at the following locations: SE 102nd Avenue, SE 103rd Avenue, SE 103rd Place, Springwater Corridor, and SE 107th Avenue.

For additional information about this project, visit  https://www.portland.gov/transportation/maintenance/construction/se-foster-road-maintenance-paving-2022.

The traveling public is advised to expect delays while repairs are being made. We ask the public to travel slowly and cautiously in our work zones, observe all detours and directions by reader boards and flaggers, and use alternate routes if possible. Watch this video for tips on how to keep yourself and city workers safe when traveling through our work zones: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K6-fcfaiRaA 

How do PBOT crews repave a street? In this short video, PBOT crew members explain how they grind and pave roads to extend the lifespan of city streets: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f9tyo3NyLJ0

This work is weather-dependent, and the schedule may change. 

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The City of Portland ensures meaningful access to city programs, services, and activities to comply with Civil Rights Title VI and ADA Title II laws and reasonably provides: translation, interpretation, modifications, accommodations, alternative formats, auxiliary aids and services. To request these services, contact the Portland Bureau of Transportation at 503-823-5185 or 311 (503-823-4000), for Relay Service & TTY: 711.

Decide the Interior Look of Holgate Library

The Holgate branch of Multnomah County Library is being rebuilt in 2023 and your input is needed on the interior design. As part of the Library Capital Bond Projects, the new Holgate Library will be larger, more sustainable and welcoming space for everyone in the community. Previous listening sessions have provided a wealth of ideas and features that are incorporated into the design. Please vote by May 20th to help decide the interior look and colors.

https://multcolib.org/help-us-redesign-holgate-library-vote-your-favorite-design

You can sign up for updates on all the bond projects with info on other upcoming events and activities at the following links.

https://multcolib.org/sign-receive-updates-librarys-progress

https://multcolib.org/about/library-building-bond