Despite its dramatic name, the Ravine is actually a small depression that channels an intermittent spring from its origin near the upper pasture 200’ downhill to an informal amphitheater. It marks the southern end of the more cultivated garden areas of the historic park. This miniature “valley” holds a great deal of promise. The Conservancy, along with landscape designer Ron Miner, is working to enhance this area.
The Conservancy is currently applying to the City for permission to move forward on the project. We expect donated services and labor to keep the project’s cost to under $8,000.
Our plans include:
- Installation of additional Willamette Valley clay boulders along the stream’s course, complemented with a planting of flowering perennials and native ferns.
- Construction of a small dry well backed by a low berm to help reduce the seasonal flooding in the amphitheater.
- Reduction of the existing path’s width and resurfacing in order to make it better fit with the scale and aesthetics of the area.
- Planting of several ornamental trees, including magnolias, flowering cherry, and weeping Japanese maple.
- Installation of two small benches.