Plans for the historic restoration of Fort Allen Park continue to unfold. Friends of the Eastern Promenade is sponsoring this major endeavor, which seeks to reclaim the park's historic grandeur from a century ago.
The public is invited to view the design for the Fort Allen Park Restoration Project at four more meetings in February, March and April. All are encouraged to attend, and public comment will be taken.
"This current design scheme offers a more graceful, beautifully landscaped and historically appropriate experience for all who enjoy the Eastern Promenade and Fort Allen Park," says Diane Davison, FoEP President.
Friends of the Eastern Promenade hired the design team of Martha Lyon and Regina Leonard to research the park's rich history, create schematic plans and develop a budget and construction documents, working closely with the Historic Preservation Board and staff from the City of Portland. The final design must be approved by the Historic Preservation Board as well as the Planning Department.
Fort Allen Park is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and recognized as a Historic Landscape by the City of Portland. As a designated historic landmark, improvements to the property must follow guidelines set by the Secretary of the Interior.
The park contains the original earthen berm from Fort Allen, which was inaugurated in 1814 to protect the entrance to Portland's harbor. The park's iconic bandstand, carriage drive and overlook were built in the 1890s. In 1905, the renowned Olmsted Brothers landscape firm created a master plan for the Eastern Promenade, including Fort Allen Park.
Designs for Fort Allen Park have been guided by careful research, which established the park's period of historic significance from 1890 to 1930. Plans reflect the Olmsteds' vision for pedestrian circulation within the park, as well as the need for modern amenities, such as accessibility, lighting and safety codes. Removal of vegetation, including the evergreens, will be balanced with the addition of new trees and shrubs.
Please save these meeting dates for opportunities for public comment:
Historic Preservation Board Fort Allen Park Restoration Workshop 5 pm Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012 Room 209 City Hall
Parks Commission Fort Allen Park Restoration Presentation 5 pm Thursday, March 8, 2012 55 Portland St., Portland
Fort Allen Park Public Presentation Sponsored by Friends of the Eastern Promenade 7 pm Thursday, March 8, 2012 East End Community School, Portland
Historic Preservation Board Final Fort Allen Park Restoration Public Hearing 7 pm Wednesday, April 18, 2012 Room 209, Portland City Hall