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Parks & Recreation

Healthy Parks, Healthy Portland

Phone: 503-823-PLAY (7529)

Fax: 503-823-6007

1120 SW Fifth Ave., Suite 1302, Portland, OR 97204

North Portland Greenway

PP&R is moving forward on planning the North Portland Greenway Trail (NPGT). This means you have a rare opportunity to support the development of a regional, 10-mile trail corridor! The trail will offer incredible outdoor recreation to walkers, runners, and cyclists, and will further PP&R's mission. The goal is to:

  • Complete a 10% engineering study that shows a buildable trail alignment. We consider it buildable if the land is publically owned, there is a public easement, or within in a public right of way.

  • Ensure that users have continuous, safe access the entire duration of the route. This may require on-street segments to ensure the trail does not come to a dead-end.

  • Identify alternative alignments in addition to those shown in the River Plan/North Reach Recommended Draft.

Project Partners
Portland Parks & Recreation, North Portland Neighborhood Services, ODOT, David Evans and Associates, Portland Bureau of Transportation, Metro

Project Manager
Emily Roth, 503-823-9225

Project Advisory Committee (PAC)
Pam Arden (Kenton), Jim Barnas (Cathedral Park), Spencer Bohaboy (Cathedral Park), Aaron Brown (Boise), Mark Freeman (St Johns), Rich Hatfield (Overlook), Mark Hill (Cathedral Park), David Lee (Eliot), Heather Mickler (University Park), Marian Rhys (Arbor Lodge), Francie Royce (Northwest), Tom Hughes (Adidas), Phyllis Harris (Daimler), Jim Kuffner (University of Portland), Thad Collins (UPS), Jane Hart (Metro), Kristin Acock (BES), Marisol Caron (BDS), Barry Manning (BPS), Sarah Figliozzi (PBOT), Angela Wagnon (ONI)

The vision of a continuous trail along both sides of the Willamette River has long been promoted by trail advocates in Portland. In a continuing effort to complete this trail, Portland Parks & Recreation applied for and received a Regional Flexible Funds grant from Metro to determine the preferred alignment for the 10.4-mile-long North Portland Greenway Trail. The project trail corridor extends from the Eastbank Esplanade at the Steel Bridge to Kelley Point Park. The North Portland Greenway Trail is a key piece of the metropolitan trail system which allows people to travel from Washington to Oregon and the Columbia River to the Willamette River. As the system grows so do opportunities for alternative transportation and recreation. When the entire trail is finally finished, it will connect the most distant point of north Portland to downtown.

The trail alignment will pass through and parallel a wide variety of land uses, including existing heavy and light industrial uses; environmentally sensitive, formerly contaminated and remediated areas; park and natural areas; the Union Pacific Railroad and Albina yard; and will require major street crossings at Rose Quarter, Lombard Street, and Columbia Blvd. The combination of trail segments will connect the Eastbank Esplanade at the Steel Bridge to Kelley Point Park. The project design consultant, David Evans & Associates, will consolidate all previous trail research, planning, and design work to create a design package for a buildable trail alignment.

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