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City of Portland will use $500K grant from Metro to restore riverbank near OMSI

The Eastbank Crescent mitigation bank project will improve natural habitat and lay the groundwork for a future waterfront park.

An aerial view of a stretch of Willamette River shoreline owned by OMSI where the city of Portland will carry out restoration efforts and make space for a future park.

The Eastbank Crescent property is located between the Hawthorne and Marquam bridges.

Photo via city of Portland

The city of Portland is clearing the way for another riverside park. City Council recently approved a $500,00 grant from Metro to revitalize Eastbank Crescent, a stretch of Willamette River waterfront on OMSI’s property in Southeast Portland.

The mitigation bank project aims to restore the shoreline’s natural environment and lay the groundwork for the future Waterfront Education Park and Center for Tribal Nations — a collaborative effort between OMSI and the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission and the Northwest Native Chamber. OMSI said it supports the city’s plans for the site.

Metro’s grant money, along with $60,000 contributed by the city, will help fund project management, early modeling, analysis, engineering, permitting, research, and surveying.