Killin Master Plan
Killin Wetlands Natural Area, a 590-acre site near Banks, Oregon, is a rare example of a peat wetland in Oregon. From the 1850s to the 1980s, the land was used as a dairy farm. Today it’s well known by birders and other wildlife viewers for its significant wildlife populations. Historical buildings such as a barn and a chicken coop remain intact on the property. The lack of formal parking facilities was a serious safety issue for many years.
In 2014, NNA Landscape Architecture assisted Metro with the development of the Killin Wetlands Access Master Plan, which identified improvements that would provide safe public access for visitors to view wildlife with minimum impact on the natural resources and neighbors. While completing the design development plans, we gained a strong understanding of the place and site development issues and opportunities. The team of reviewers included Metro managers, scientists, planners, land and property managers, and naturalists. Key stakeholders included members of the community, the Audubon Society, the City of Banks, the Tualatin River Watershed Council, the Bicycle Transportation Alliance and neighbors.
We studied the site’s natural and cultural history, and produced seven preliminary design concepts focused on introducing visitors to this unique peat wetland and all it has to offer, from wildlife to history to peace and solitude. We also worked with Metro scientists to provide options for trail networks and wildlife viewing blinds. We presented the design concepts to Metro staff, whose preferred plan is simple and easy to expand as demand increases, provides visitors clear orientation to the entry, improves visibility and safety, and protects site resources.