Irving Park Tree Tour
Irving Park Nature Patch
In 2020, Portland Parks & Recreation and the Bureau of Environmental Services collaborated to create a nature patch to capture rainwater, foster wildlife habitat, and add natural features to enjoy. Several areas on the west side of Irving Park were converted to natural landscaping that include flowering native plants, stormwater swales, logs, boulders, split-rail fencing, and paths.
Nature patches and rain gardens capture the large volume of rain that flows off the park's hilly and compacted terrain. Capturing rainwater is especially important during storms to reduce flooding in nearby streets and to help prevent the public sewer system from being overwhelmed by stormwater. This project brings nature to the neighborhood that works to protect public health and the environment by helping prevent flooding, sewer backups into basements, and overflows into the Willamette River during heavy rain.
The next phase of stormwater improvements at Irving Park is to build rain gardens to capture rainwater downslope of the nature patch as well as from the basketball and tennis courts. You can learn more on the Irving Park Stormwater Project page, or by contacting Matt Gough with the Bureau of Environmental Services by email or phone 503-823-5352.
Learn more about Nature Patches in Portland
Portland Parks & Recreation is adding nature patches to developed park landscapes to provide natural experiences for people and habitat for wildlife. Nature patches are unique natural garden spaces that support native pollinators and offer fun opportunities for education and exploration.
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The land in the Irvington neighborhood was originally owned by Captain William Irving, who was famous in early Pacific Northwest maritime history. Part of the land occupied by Irving Park was the site of the Irvington Racetrack, one of four defunct racetracks now sporting Portland parks.