East Portland Off The Beaten Path Tips by glabah
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Matt Schekel Memorial at SE Taylor Street and 37th
On May 27, 1998, bicyclist Matt Schekel was killed at the intersection of SE Taylor and 37th Avenue, after a delivery truck ran a stop sign.
An improvised memorial was created from bike parts and other pieces at first, and as things went on more and more appeared at this intersection.
This more permanent memorial was created later.
This memorial includes a lighthouse-like structure with a light, and a solar panel on top of a bicycle wheel. A very decorated bench is cut into the hillside, and various other parts are located at the corner to memorialize Mr. Schekel and to provide a reminder that people need to stop at the stop signs at this intersection.
Fountain at NE Multnomah Street and Grand Avenue
There really isn't too much to say about this fountain. It goesn't go very high, and it isn't a spectacular rush of water. It is interesting in that it has a lot of natural plants growing in it. Unfortunately, during most hours of the day, the joyful sound of the water playing across the rocks is heavily drowned out by all the nearby traffic noise.
I was unable to find a title on the fountain.
The fountain has two pools, and water enters both pools by bubbling up through piles of rocks. The larger of the two pools is slightly higher, and some of the water runs from the larger pool into the smaller one.
All of the rocks look natural, and it appears that there were some serious attempts at creating a small piece of nature in this very urbanized environment.
Salmon Street Salmon Carving at SE 58th Avenue.
What do you do when the tree out in front of you house needs to be cut down due to rot?
You could just cut it down and leave a stump I suppose.
Or, you could have someone who is artistic with a chain saw show up and cut it into a creative sculpture, such as a fish.
Naturally, on Salmon Street, the selected sculpture would be a salmon.
Notice that the hollow spot at the bottom of the trunk has been made into a spot where the home owner can put a flower pot and plant.
The sculpture in and of itself isn't worth the trip out here, but if you are in the Mt. Tabor area it might be interesting to swing over this way on the east side of the hill and take a look at it.
St. Philip Neri Bioswale: park-like area has bench
Bioswales are essentially ditches added to landscaping to deal with water runoff from streets and parking lots. Plants in the bioswale are usually particularly suited for breaking down oil and other wastes from motor vehicles, and help prevent these substances from getting dumped directly into the rivers.
The St. Philip Neri Bioswale includes a park bench and contemplative area. Sometimes, this area could be a nice park-like setting for meditation or reading. However, at other times SE Division Street is a horribly busy and noisy street, and can be unpleasant to be anywhere near.
The bioswale was built by the St. Philip Neri Roman Catholic Church as part of being a good steward of the natural blessings of God, according to the signs placed in the public area of the bioswale. It controls water runoff from their parking lot.
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