Apply To Be a Stewardship Community Partner

The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) through the Portland in the Streets program encourages people to adopt green spaces. The Stewardship Program is a partnership between PBOT and community partners. The community partner maintains the adopted space often adding perennials and native plants.
Group of people planting ferns

These agreements are intended to be long-term.

Plan your project

Stewardship projects are typically permitted on roundabouts, medians and other overlooked public spaces.  As a community partner, you will maintain the adopted space. Some community partners have added perennials, bulbs, and native plants.

Think about your location:

  • What do you envision with this space?
  • Maintenance only?
  • Additional native plants?
  • Perennials and bulbs?
  • Who will be involved?

Check your location

Contact PBOT with your potential location: A simple map, address, and/or cross streets are helpful bits of information to share. You can reach them by email, phone or in person at the Portland Building Customer Service Center. 

Gather neighbor support

These spaces are intended to be by and for the community that surrounds them.  Please work with your community to develop relationships and partnerships. 

Fill out our inquiry form

Let us know what you envision at this space. If you want to maintain what's existing there or if you want to do new plantings. Please include a site plan. Once finished, please save and email to PBOT (

Work with the Portland in the Streets stewardship coordinator

We are here to help! Our coordinator will work with you to meet all requirements.

Complete Agreement and start work

Once the requirements are met, an agreement will be created and sent to you. All parties will sign the agreement. The agreement is good for one calendar year.

Complete work and start maintenance

Finish work on your space and if you can, please send us pictures! Contact us with any changes that need to be made to your Stewardship Agreement. Maintain the space as outlined in the final agreement.

Need help with the process or have any other questions? Please email