....if we have to err in our acquisition programs let it be toward more open space. We must make every piece of space do double and triple duty, and we have all the tools and precedents we need to make smaller spaces seem larger and find ways to link them and make them far more accessible to people, and if not to the foot, at least to the eye.
William H. Whyte, The Last Landscape, 1968
Ross Island Vision Team: Envisioning Ross Island
The Institute has produced, with its partners at the Willamette Riverkeeper, Audubon Society of Portland, Greenworks, and other architects and landscape architects, a plan for Ross Island, Envisioning Ross Island (PDF), which lays out scenarios for how Ross and its sister islands Hardtack, East and Toe, might be managed as a unit with the Holgate Channel and the 160-acre, city-owned Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge as an urban wildlife refuge complex, public natural area park, and place to contemplate nature in the heart of downtown Portland.