GENERAL INFORMATION: 503-823-7404
1120 SW Fifth Ave, Suite 600, Portland, OR 97204
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November 6, 2013
The Portland Water Bureau must postpone the re-opening of the new Park Center at Powell Butte Nature Park in southeast Portland until March 2014. It was scheduled to open in October 2013.
The contractor and several of their sub-contractors on the bureau’s Powell Butte Reservoir 2 Project have requested more time to complete work on the new, much anticipated Visitors Center (classroom, interpretive displays, and restrooms), the main parking lot and improvements to the multi-use trail system.
October 9, 2013
The trail contractor has started layout for new bridges and boardwalks. There are no trail closures at this time, however there may be detours or slight delays as this work progresses. They will be hauling some of the materials along the Springwater Corridor, starting in the next couple weeks. Please pay attention for flaggers or signage on Springwater Corridor and Powell Butte trails to alert you of construction activity. The trail work is scheduled to be completed in Spring 2014.
October 3, 2013
The contractor for the Portland Water Bureau’s Powell Butte Reservoir 2 Project now says that the new Park Center, which includes the park’s main parking lot and Visitor’s Center, will now reopen by the end of November 2013. There is still some finishing work and planting left to be completed -- delayed in part by the much earlier than expected wet September weather that slowed down progress.
August 8, 2013
Starting on Monday, August 12th, the trail contractor will be closing the old trail sections between Blacktail Deer Trail and Pioneer Orchard Trail. The majority of the new trails have been graded and are open for use.
Reminders The park center remains closed to the public and will reopen by October 2013. The main parking lot is closed to all vehicles and pedestrians. Interim parking is located at the Vivian Pump Station parking lot at 14424 SE Center, Gates parking lot at 13799 SE Holgate Blvd. and the PinbusterZ Family Fun Center (previously Rose Bowling Center) parking lot at 3800 SE 164 Ave. All temporary parking lots provide access to the trail system.
July 18, 2013
The Pioneer Orchard Trail will be closed for construction until July 26, 2013. The contractor is realigning the upper section and repairing the lower section. Please obey trail closure signs and detours during construction.
July 3, 2013
The upper portion of the Mountain View Trail is now open to park users. However, be advised that there are sections where the asphalt has been removed and the trail is gravel. Please use caution. The trail will be paved at a later date. The lower section that connects to the park center will remain closed until the park center reopens. Please obey trail closure signs and detours during construction.
July 1, 2013
SSC Construction and the Portland Water Bureau are making some minor schedule changes as the summer weather pattern brings warm weather and occasionally substantial heat to the Northwest.
June 20, 2013
As part of the Land Use conditions for the Powell Butte Reservoir 2 Project, the Portland Water Bureau is required to complete site preparation and land restoration work in the locations where the bureau had planned to install a 90-inch diameter water supply conduit on the eastern side of the butte that would connect to the reservoirs.
June 10, 2013
The Mountain View Trail will be closed from June 12, 2013 to approximately June 25, 2013.
April 20, 2013
On Saturday, April 20, 2013 the following trails at the Powell Butte Nature Park were re-opened:
The Mountain View Trail will be maintained as the access to the nature park through Thursday, April 25, 2013. Wild Horse Trail will be opened when Mountain Viewtrail is closed to provide continued access to the park. Once Wild Horse is opened, it will remain open until further notice.
April 17, 2013
Temporary Trail Closure at Powell Butte Nature Park - The Mountain View and Wild Horse Trails are being closed beginning Wednesday, April 17, 2013 and reopening on Saturday April 20, 2013 while maintenance work occurs. Park users are encouraged to please observe and follow trail closure signs at the following trail locations:
April 4, 2013
Previously slated to re-open in May 2013, the main parking lot at Powell Butte Nature Park in SE Portland is now rescheduled to open by October 2013. Temporary free parking lots continue to be available in designated locations around the butte.
March 22, 2013
The contractor and subcontractors for the Portland Water Bureau are completing critical connections to the City of Portland Transmission Water Main on SE 159th Avenue and SE Harrison Street. While performing the connection, one of the large transmission mains has to be taken off line. In order to minimize the time and risks associated with this, crews will be performing minor welding activities on Sunday, March 24, 2013 between the hours of 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM.
March 15, 2013
The contractor for the Portland Water Bureau is working to complete the installation of a large, underground concrete valve vault on SE 159th Avenue at SE Harrison Street by late April 2013. The pipe inside the vault will be connected to the new 50-million gallon underground reservoir at Powell Butte Nature Park. The vault houses butterfly valves and actuators that will regulate and reduce water pressure, and shut down the pipeline if a seismic event occurs.
The main parking lot is closed to all vehicles and pedestrians. Interim parking is located at the Vivian Pump Station parking lot at 14424 SE Center, Gates parking lot at 13799 SE Holgate Blvd, and the Rose Bowling Center parking lot at 3800 SE 164 Ave. All temporary parking lots provide access to the trail system. During the closure of the main parking area, the Anderegg and Wild Horse Trails will be connected to the Mountain View Trail.
The Portland Water Bureau and Portland Parks & Recreation continue to collaborate on a re-vegetation plan for sections of the park. The City has removed invasive species, reduced “fuel loads” by clearing or burning woody brush, and created a planting plan that will improve wildlife habitat and reduce the risk from fire. Starting in 2012, a variety of trees will be planted as part of the Phase 2. The planting area will cover approximately 110 acres, which includes sites cleared over the past several years. A controlled burn by the Portland Fire Bureau to reduce non-native shrubs and brambles in two southeast sections of the park is planned for one day later this summer/ fall or early fall. For your safety, obey Trail Closed signs when posted.