Transformation in action: See latest plans for Holman street “pocket park”

See below for before/after shots.

This morning I shared how PBOT’s neighborhood greenways could have a dramatic impact on how it feels to move around our city’s residential streets. A perfect case in point is the NE Holman Street project.

Back in May, I took a closer look at the project, with a focus on a “pocket park” idea that was being thrown around. The concept was to take the existing, small and ordinary park at NE Holman and 13th and make it something special. Envisioned as a gathering place for the community, the revamped Holman City Park would be extended all the way across Holman, with through-access for biking and walking only.

When PBOT first announced the idea, a neighborhood meeting erupted into cheers. With support and collaboration from not just nearby residents but also from the City’s Parks and Environmental Services Bureaus, PBOT has remained committed to the Holman pocket park idea and they just released new drawings that show what it’s going to look like.

Check out these before and after shots…

As it looks now.
The future? (Note that motor vehicles will not be permitted east/west on Holman through the park (you can barely make out the bollards in this image)).

At our recent Get Together in North Portland, PBOT staffer Greg Raisman said the idea behind these neighborhood greenways was to “create trail-like conditions on neighborhood streets.” I’d say this is getting pretty darn close.

Learn more about this and other neighborhood greenway projects on the PBOT website.

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