Hosford School, Portland Public Schools
Hosford School in SE Portland is sporting a new green face lift. Two sustainable initiatives met to design and install a number of green improvements there. The Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership works in many local schools educating about rainwater pollution and their effect on the Columbia River. Their most recent project included a rain garden and downspout disconnect at the school. Major League Soccer conducted a “How Green Are Your Goals?” fan contest to see which MLS city was the most environmentally involved. By no surprise, the Timbers Fans supported their green team and won a school beautification and solar panel installation for Hosford School in SE Portland.
Lent School, Portland Public Schools
Depave and Lent School teamed up to remove 2,250 square feet of pavement to improve stormwater management and make room for a desert island-themed nature play area.
Lewis Elementary School, Portland Public Schools
Lewis Elementary School wanted to update some outdated and empty play spaces on their playground. After considering a wide range of options, the community settled on a natural log climber. Over two dozen logs were cut, treated and set. The fun and exciting arrangement challenges even older elementary students. The climber encourages physical and social play during recess and weekends for the community. Two large group instruments round out the play experiences and add a fun background tone to the play area.
Sabin School, Portland Public Schools
Sabin School in North Portland hired Learning Landscapes to create a master plan and construction documents for upgrades to their north playground. The resulting design included a garden shelter for outdoor group learning, living willow structures, berms and amphitheater, log climbing structure and hill features.
Construction Cost: $125,000
Scott Elementary School, Portland Public Schools
At Harvey Scott, Columbia River Estuary Partnership staff helped transform a neglected side yard into a vibrant outdoor classroom that integrates sustainable stormwater practices. Students received classroom lessons about the impacts of stormwater and helped create the garden by preparing the site and planting native plants. The site is maintained by students, teachers, volunteers and Estuary Partnership staff.