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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.

Powell Butte Nature Park Visitors Center under construction

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.
The park continues to remain open to the public during posted visiting hours. Alternate parking locations remain available at SE Holgate Boulevard and SE 136th Avenue; the Bowling Center parking lot at SE Powell Boulevard and SE 164th Avenue, and at 14424 SE Center Street at the bureau’s Vivian Pump Station lot.
Park users are reminded to keep out of the fenced, hazardous construction areas.
The Portland Water Bureau appreciates the public’s patience and cooperation as we near completion on the second 50-million gallon underground reservoir at Powell Butte and the exciting publicly-required park improvements.

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.
The park center remains closed to the public and will reopen by late November 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 Rose Bowling Center parking lot at 3800 SE 164 Ave. All temporary parking lots provide access to the trail system. Temporary restroom facilities are provided. The drinking fountain will not be available and park users are urged to bring drinking water for themselves and their pets.

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.
The Water Bureau appreciates the public cooperation and patience. An exciting, improved park is coming!

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.

  • Wild Horse Trail: The Wild Horse Trail is the last trail remaining to be realigned. Construction on this trail is expected to begin in the next two weeks.  Park users are encouraged to help with the closure and re-vegetation of the old trail beds by using the new alignments.
  • Mountain View Trail:  The middle section of this trail has been paved.  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.

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.
Temporary restroom facilities are provided. The drinking fountain will not be available and park users are urged to bring drinking water for themselves and their pets.

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.
As a reminder, 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.
Temporary restroom facilities are provided. The drinking fountain will not be available and park users are urged to bring drinking water for themselves and their pets. 

 

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.
The construction of the new reservoir requires large quantities of concrete placement that is sensitive to temperature and humidity.  As a result or warmer summer temperatures, our concrete work in the reservoir will start earlier in the day depending on the days forecasted high temperature. These modified start times will be utilized through the summer months.  We will return to a 7:00 AM start time during October when the weather cools.
For high temperatures above 80 degrees Fahrenheit work will start at 6:00 AM.
Please contact us any time for questions or concerns:

  • SSC Construction 24 HR Site Contact: Andy Coate, 360-913-8986
  • Portland Water Bureau Site Contacts: Tim Hall, 503-823-6926 

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.
This conduit installation work has been postponed.There is no new schedule for when the conduit might be installed.  However, the site preparation and restoration work are still required as part of the current reservoir project.
Over the past month, the Portland Water Bureau’s contractor has installed disturbance fencing and measures to control soil erosion. Beginning July 1, 2013, the crews will begin clearing the conduit corridor of all surface vegetation. Later this year, 27,000 bare root plants will be planted on the slope to help reduce and control any soil erosion.

June 10, 2013

The Mountain View Trail will be closed from June 12, 2013 to approximately June 25, 2013.
The Mountain View Trail closure is to repair areas where the trail paving has been impacted by tree roots.  The Wild Horse Trail will remain open during the closure of Mountain View Trail. Please obey trail closure signs and detours during construction.
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 Rose Bowling Center parking lot at 3800 SE 164 Ave. All temporary parking lots provide access to the trail system. Temporary restroom facilities are provided. The drinking fountain will not be available and park users are urged to bring drinking water for themselves and their pets.

April 20, 2013

On Saturday, April 20, 2013 the following trails at the Powell Butte Nature Park were re-opened:

  • 162nd Access Road Trail
  • Anderegg Loop Trail
  • Mountain View Trail

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:

  • 162nd Access Road Trail Head at the Park Gate
  • Angeregg Loop Trail Head at on Anderegg Loop
  • Intersection of Wild Horse Trail and Orchard Loop Trail
  • Intersection of Mountain View and Goldfinch Trail

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.
Construction on the city’s new 50-million gallon underground reservoir is making steady progress. However, work on the publicly-required park facilities – a new Interpretive Center with restrooms, the permanent Caretaker’s House, and trail upgrades – have faced some delays.
The nature park remains open to all visitors. Park users are reminded to keep out of fenced construction areas and to stay on open designated park trails.

 

Updated trail map

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. 
By the end of March 2013, local residents will notice that most of the large construction equipment will be moved from the site. However, traffic revisions on SE 159th will continue to be in effect until the construction is completed.  Crews will continue to work normal city-approved construction hours of 7:00 am to 5:00 pm.

 

Trail Closures/Delays

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 park center facilities will remain closed. Temporary restroom facilities will be provided. The drinking fountain will not be available and park users are urged to bring drinking water for themselves and their pets.
Closures or detours on trails have allowed for skilled work crews to make improvements that hikers, bicyclists and equestrians will welcome. All of the trail work, which includes adding a few new trails and retiring others, is part of the publicly-required improvements associated with the Powell Butte Reservoir 2 Project currently well underway. A Public Advisory Committee worked with Parks bureau staff and trail consultants to design the enhancements of the nearly 10-miles of trails on the butte.

Re-vegetation

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.