Phase I Development

The first phase of development is expected to take place in 2018-2019. Highlights include:

  • Pollinator Meadow and Gathering Green
  • Fireplace Terrace
  • Aerial Tree Walk
  • New central pathway between the Manor House and Upper Garden
  • Enhanced woodland plantings
  • Public pathway leading from SE Claybourne down to the 122nd St. bridge
  • One parking bay plus disabled and staff parking
  • New entrance at SE Claybourne

Below you will find descriptions of specific aspects of Phase I projects.

1. First Phase Projects – Scope of Work. The graphic represents 2018-19 project areas.

2. Garden & Woodland Planting Plans. These images show the planting plans for seasonal displays in the pollinator garden as well as plans for woodland garden enhancement, the storm water garden, southeast collection, gathering green, and buffer plantings.

3. Fireplace Terrace & Tree Walk Elevation. These two images show an elevation perspective of the terrace and tree walk as well as more detail on the terrace. The tree walk is elliptical and is shown here at its southernmost point. There are no stairs down from the tree walk even though this image makes it look that way because the elevation perspective cuts through the support structure at the southern edge.

4. Central Staircase Path. This new path provides a gracious connection between the Manor House and the Upper Garden.

construction FAQs

Are you open during construction?

Leach Garden will be open during construction although areas where work is taking place will not be accessible. The Garden offices and the Manor House and Gift Shop may be inaccessible during some parts of the construction. We will note such changes on the website when possible, but please note that construction schedules are subject to changes with short notice.

Where can I park?

Parking for the moment is available at the Creekside Parking across the Johnson Creek bridge from the Garden entrance. Two handicapped spaces at that entrance are also available at the moment. Parking on the street side on SE 122nd Dr. is legal unless posted otherwise. We will update any changes.

Can I still walk around the garden?

Yes! During the construction, areas of the Garden will be closed to the public as the construction unfolds. We will post notices on site and online as the project unfolds to provide updates on access.

View construction map HERE.

Can I still rent space at the garden?

Rentals in the Garden will continue to take place dependent on the dates and times. The best information about rental for a particular date can be obtained by emailing rentals@leachgarden.org or by leaving a message on our RENTAL line at 971-832-9081. The rental team will return your message as soon as possible.

What is being built?

Elements of this project phase will incude the Aerial Treewalk, Fireside Arbor and Terrace, Pollinator and Habitat Garden, Gathering Green, new accessible pathways, parking areas, and restrooms. A main path and staircase from the new entry will take people on a direct route from the Upper Garden to the Manor House. Claybourne Street will become the main entry to the Garden. The main part of the Garden will be fenced and gated. Also included is a new 24/7 pathway taking people from the intersection of SE 122nd and Claybourne down to the sidewalk outside the Manor House entry gates.

See more about the Upper Garden Development project in the Expansion Updates section of our BLOG page HERE.

Are trees affected by the construction?

Trees are affected by the construction. The vast majority of trees in the construction zone will be protected under the City of Portland standards. The Aerial Tree Walk is designed so as to have the least possible impact on trees. In the Upper Garden areas in the project zone, there are trees that will be removed. Importantly, large numbers of new trees will be planted as part of the project.

How long with the project take?

The Upper Garden project construction is expected to be completed by late fall of 2020. A firm date for a dedication ceremony and opening will be selected when we are closer to completion.

Questions about the project? Contact Ross Swanson: 503-823-3577
Questions about Leach? Contact the garden's administrative office: 503-823-1671 or use form below.

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