Port of Portland gifts portion of Ross Island to Portland Parks and Recreation
The Port of Portland announced the donation of approximately two acres of the northern tip of Ross Island to the City of Portland – a gift that marks the latest development in a decades-long movement by The Intertwine Alliance partners to rebuild and protect the island. Portland Parks & Recreation, which already owns and manages much of Ross Island, will care for the newly-donated land.
The Port of Portland’s donation of the Ross Island land builds on Portland Parks & Recreation’s restoration efforts, which have been underway since Ross Island Sand & Gravel donated 45 acres of island land to the City in 2007. Stewardship efforts of the island have been a longstanding partnership with Willamette Riverkeepers, Audubon Society of Portland, Urban Greenspaces Institute, and Portland Bureau of Environmental Services.
“For more than 80 years, the island has contributed to the economic growth and natural environment of our city and region,” said Portland Parks Commissioner Amanda Fritz. “We are excited that the Port, the City and Portland Parks & Recreation are realizing this community vision.”
The goal of the Port’s donation is to help support the city’s overall restoration of Ross Island as a significant resource for fish and wildlife habitat. Ross Island, the longest of a four-island cluster in the Willamette River, is south of the Ross Island Bridge, and slightly downriver (north) from Portland Parks & Recreation’s Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge. Approachable by boat only, Ross Island is accessible to the public for stewardship activities with Portland Parks & Recreation staff and partners.