Sundeleaf Plaza Park

Sundeleaf Plaza Park is a half-acre oasis in downtown Lake Oswego’s urban commercial district. Fronting on a busy State Highway to the east, the park reconnects the downtown with Lakewood Bay to the west. The park includes a lakefront promenade, courtyard, terrace, park structure with restrooms and storage, a new seawall, fireplace, and prominently featured rain garden providing a transition from urban streetscape to park. Tilted planes of lawn focus green open space toward views of the lake while timeless materials such as stone and copper, which echo the history and character of downtown Lake Oswego, are incorporated throughout the park. The rain garden is a high profile element strongly supported by the City Council and is used as an educational tool by the City to promote sustainable and “Green” design. A low berm with planting and seat wall provides a buffer from the adjacent street as ’bridges’ over the rain garden create a gateway into the park. A terrace integrates the privately owned historic theater building with the site and features a double-sided fire place for both theater patrons and park users.

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The park was named Sundeleaf after Richard Sundeleaf, a well-known architect who lived in Lake Oswego and whose buildings provide the historical context for the city including the adjacent theater building. Coordination between the City and the private developer (owner of the theater building) was key to the park design and a public/ private venture with shared facilities evolved (i.e. terrace, fireplace, boat dock access, storm drainage runoff, ADA access to the theater building, etc.). Theater building expansion and remodel occurred simultaneously with the park construction.

Jennifer* lead the master planning effort, provided site design, construction documents, project management, permitting assistance and construction support for this park.

*While principal with another firm

Client: City of Lake Oswego
Location: Lake Oswego, Oregon