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POWELL BUTTE RESERVOIR 2 | Project Updates 


2014 Updates

December 2, 2014

The Portland Water Bureau is scheduled to perform maintenance on the Washington County Supply Line December 8 - 12. The following Powell Butte Nature Park trails will be closed due to the work:

  • Pipeline Lane (where the work will be performed)
  • The connector between the Holgate Lane and Pipeline Lane
  • Elderberry Trail south and west of Pipeline Lane

October 6, 2014

Paving Update -- On Tuesday, October 7 and Wednesday, October 8 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., the main entry road into Powell Butte Nature Park will be closed to all public traffic in order to allow crews to complete the final paving of the roadway. When the street restoration work is complete on Thursday, October 9, the main road on Southeast 162nd Avenue and SE Powell Boulevard will reopen for park use. Alternate parking is available at the Vivian Pump Station parking lot at 14424 SE Center Street and the Gates parking lot at 13799 SE Holgate Boulevard. Park users can still access the park using the Anderegg Trail that travels adjacent to the main park road from Southeast 162nd Avenue. For additional trail information, access a trail map here. Please use caution and observe any posted trail closure signs.

August 21, 2014

Trail Update -- All trails are currently open. Installation of trail directional sign posts along the trails is about complete. Please note that trails NOT OPEN TO BIKES include the Wildhorse, Hawthorn, Fernwood, and Dogwood trails. Trails NOT OPEN TO HORSES include the Hawthorn, Fernwood, Forest Edge and Dogwood trails.  The Visitor Center hours are Saturdays and Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  Please note that the Visitor Center will be CLOSED the weekend of August 23 and 24. For additional information, access the newly updated temporary trail map. Please use caution and obey any trail closure signs during construction. Remember to bring water for you and your pets. There is a drinking fountain located at the Visitors Center.

July 25, 2014

Trail Update -- All trails are currently open. Over the next two weeks, the trail contractor will be installing trail directional sign posts along the trails.  Please use caution.  The south portion of the Dogwood Trail has been repaired and is open.  Additional planting and mitigation work to occur in the repair area this fall. Please note that trails NOT OPEN TO BIKES include the Wildhorse, Hawthorn, Fernwood and Dogwood trails. Trails NOT OPEN TO HORSES include the Hawthorn, Fernwood, Forest Edge and Dogwood trails. For additional information, access the newly updated temporary trail map. Please use caution and obey any trail closure signs during construction. Remember to bring water for you and your pets. There is a drinking fountain located at the Visitors Center.

July 9, 2014

Trail Update -- The trail contractor for the Portland Water Bureau is working on the trails in the meadow west of the Summit Lane loop this week, installing additional drainage rock to improve access during the winter. Repairs on the south portion of the Dogwood Trail is scheduled to start at the end of the week or early next week.  The Park’s SE 148th Avenue entrance will be used as access to transport in repair equipment. Park users are reminded to use caution, obey any trail closure signs during construction and bring water for you and your pets.  There is a drinking fountain available for use at the Visitor Center.  See the newly updated temporary trail map.

July 2014

The new 50-million gallon underground reservoir at Powell Butte is now operational.

June 27, 2014

Underground Reservoir & Restoration Efforts -- Construction of the second 50-million underground reservoir is nearing completion. The contractor is finishing work to seal the fine hairline cracks that are a normal part of reservoir construction with such huge amounts  of concrete.  Once finished, the reservoir will be covered with layers of soil and eventually native grasses.

Visitor Center & Main Park Parking Lot Now Open -- The new publicly-required Visitor Center features a solar roof, full-wall mural of Portland that identifies the city’s water and parks systems. Also, there are educational display, restrooms, a water pipe exhibits, habitat markers, and displays honoring Native-American tribes. Nearby is a stone natural area amphitheater and a Benson Bubbler. The temporary alternate parking locations will remain open until further notice.

Trail Closures & Delays -- As part of the project, many of the park’s nearly 10 miles of trails have been improved, realigned, or reconnected in order to limit environmental impacts, reduce user conflicts, improve accessibility, and reduce fall-line impacts and steep grades. Some work is still required and a few trails have been renamed to eliminate confusion. See the newly updated temporary trail map. Park visitors are reminded – for their safety – to keep out of fenced construction areas, stay on open, designated trails and be courteous to others, whether on foot, bike, or horse.

June 10, 2014

Powell Butte Nature Park Trail Work Update -- Park users are reminded to use caution and obey any trail closure signs during construction. The public will be notified when the trails reopen. Signs will be posted at trailheads to advise park users.

  • Mountain View Trail: Construction will be occurring on the Mountain View Trail during the week of June 9 through June 16. The contractor will be completing the rock base this week and plans to pave sections of the trail between the Visitors Center and the Mt. Finder on June 16.
  • The main entry road to the upper parking lot will be open to park visitors for weekend use only on June 7 and 8 and June 14 and 15. The weekday closures are necessary to allow construction crews to complete the contract-required rebuilding and repaving of the roadway into the park. During weekend visits, park users are asked to use caution and drive slowly over the loose gravel when traveling up the main road into the park.
  • The road on SE 162 Avenue and SE Powell Boulevard will reopen for everyday use starting Saturday, June 21 when the road construction is completed.
  • On the weekends, the restrooms in the park Visitor Center will be open.
  • The south portion of the Dogwood Trail remains closed. The north section of the trail is open including the connections to SE 148 Avenue and SE Holgate Boulevard entrances. Please observe the closure signs.

Access the Temporary Trail Map for additional trail information.

May 30, 2014

  Powell Butte Nature Park Road and Parking Lot Open for Weekend Use Only Starting Saturday, May 31 -- Powell Butte Nature Park’s main entry road to the upper parking lot will be open to park visitors for weekend use only starting Saturday, May 31 and Sunday, June 1. The lot will be again open on June 7 and 8, and June 14 and 15. The weekday closure are necessary to allow construction crews to complete the contract-required rebuilding and repaving of the roadway into the park.  The road on SE 162nd Avenue and SE Powell Boulevard will reopen for everyday use starting Saturday, June 21 when the road construction is completed. Also on the weekends, the restrooms in the publicly-required new park Visitor Center will be open. During weekend visits, park users are asked to use caution and drive slowly over the loose gravel when traveling up the main road into the park. There is still some finishing work and planting left to be completed -- delayed in part by the much earlier than forecasted wet weather last year that slowed progress. Park visitors are reminded – for their safety – to keep out of fenced construction areas and to stay on open park trails. The alternate parking locations around Powell Butte will remain available. The Water Bureau appreciates the public cooperation and patience. An exciting, improved park is coming!

May 16, 2014 

Water Project Construction to Impact SE 162nd Avenue at SE Division Street -- As part of the new water reservoir project in Powell Butte Nature Park, starting on Monday, May 19, 2014, the contractor for the Portland Water Bureau will install a large underground pipe and valve vault in SE 162nd Avenue, immediately north of SE Division Street. The excavation will be adjacent to the Burgerville, near the northeast corner of SE Division Street at SE 162nd Avenue. Work is slated for completion by September 2014. SAFETY FIRST *  The work zone will be fenced for public safety. *  Work hours are 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM, Monday through Friday. DETOURS, CLOSURES & ACCESS: * Work will require that the two north-bound lanes of SE 162nd Avenuebe closed around the work zone. *  Traffic will be detoured at SE 148th and 174th Avenues. *  The east-bound left turn from south-bound SE 162nd Avenue and north-bound right turn lanes from SE Division Street onto SE 162nd Avenue will be closed. *  Access to the shopping center will not be impacted during construction.

April 24, 2014 

The south portion of the Dogwood Trail remains closed. The north section of the trail is open including the connections to SE 148th Avenue and Holgate Boulevard entrances.  Please observe the closure signs. The public will be notified when the trails reopen. Signs will be posted at trailheads to advise park users. The Pioneer Orchard Trail is closed due to muddy areas in the meadow that need to be repaired. The Hawthorn trail also has muddy areas in the meadow.  We will be working with the contractor to determine a permanent solution. During the wet weather months, please help us minimize trail damage by staying off muddy trails. The only other trails closed at this time are those within the fenced construction zone. There may be detours or slight delays on the open trails as the work progresses. The bridge and boardwalk construction has been rescheduled to allow for additional engineering and better weather conditions. The trail work is scheduled to be completed in spring/summer 2014. Temporary Trail Map  The park center remains closed to the public and will reopen in May 2014. 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 164th Ave. All temporary parking lots provide access to the trail system. Temporary restroom facilities are provided at the parking areas. The drinking fountain will not be available and park users are urged to bring drinking water for themselves and their pets. Trail Closure & Alternate Parking Map

March 25, 2014 

Work to connect the new 50-million gallon reservoir at Powell Butte to Portland’s drinking water distribution system is underway, and is expected to last through November 2014 at various locations in Southeast Portland. The installation of seven underground vaults is a necessary and crucial step in connecting the new Powell Butte reservoir to the city’s water system. To install underground vaults, contractor crews will first excavate a large hole for the vault, which will either be constructed onsite or built elsewhere and put in place. After vault construction or installation is finished – complete with a manhole cover – water connections are made and any electrical work is then performed. The final step is to cover the new vault with gravel and pave over it with asphalt. Vault at SE 42nd Avenue at SE Division StreetCurrently, four vaults have already been installed under two eastside streets:

  • Two side-by-side vaults on SE 147th Avenue at SE Division Street
  • One vault at SE 159th Avenue at SE Harrison Street
  • One vault at SE 42nd Avenue at SE Division Street

Three vaults are scheduled to be installed within the next six months:

  • One vault at SE 67th Avenue and SE Division Street
  • One vault at SE 68th Avenue and SE Division Street
  • One vault at SE 162nd Street andSE Division Street

Vault at SE 147th Avenue at SE Powell BoulevardWhile we’ve worked with nearby residents and businesses to minimize construction impacts and ensure safe worksites and clearly marked detour routes, some noise, truck traffic, and street access impacts will be unavoidable. Your patience is appreciated as we work to upgrade and improve our community’s century-old water system, which first produced drinking water for Portlanders in 1895. We work hard to be good neighbors when we do construction projects. For more project information, and to share your feedback, please call us at 503-823-6926.

February 19, 2014

Winter/Spring 2014 Trail Updates BrochureThe Portland Water Bureau and Portland Parks & Recreation have just released the Winter/Spring 2014 Trail Updates tri-fold brochure. As part of the improvement projects at Powell Butte Nature Park, both bureaus worked with park users to develop a new trail plan that included renaming several trails. The new trail names will go into effect in late 2014. Both the new and old trail names are included on a map in the brochure. Note that trails may have periodic closures for construction during 2014.

February 12, 2014

Portions of the trails in the north section of Powell Butte Nature Park are closed. Please observe the closure signs. The public will be notified when the trails reopen. Signs will be posted at trailheads to advise park users. During the wet weather months, please help us minimize trail damage by staying off muddy trails.

February 3, 2014

As part of the improvement projects at Powell Butte Nature Park, the Portland Water Bureau and Portland Parks & Recreation worked closely with park users to develop a new trail plan that included renaming several trails.

The new trail names will go into effect in late 2014. Both the new and old trail names are included on the "Powell Butte Nature Park Winter/Spring Trail Updates" brochure. Note that trails may have periodic closures for construction during 2014.

January 24, 2014

The Pioneer Orchard Trail at Powell Butte Nature Park will be closed starting January 27, 2014.  The closure is due to muddy areas in the meadow that need to be repaired.  The park center remains closed to the public and will reopen in May 2014. 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.

2015 Updates

June 5, 2012

On the morning of Tuesday, June 9, the Powell Butte Reservoir 2 contractor will conduct a test of two ultrasonic flow meters located in piping associated with the underground Reservoirs at Powell Butte Nature Park in Southeast Portland. The four hour test will consist of Water Bureau operating engineers slowly draining approximately 72,000 gallons of de-chlorinated water at 300-gallons per minute from a 54-inch discharge pipe through the meters and then into Johnson Creek.

The test will confirm the meters are accurately measuring water flowing through the pipe and are able to monitor future discharges.

Water Bureau representatives will be on site at Powell Butte throughout the entire duration of the test to supervise and monitor the operation.The flowrate, temperature, and PH of all water discharged to Johnson Creek will be closely monitored to ensure compliance with all applicable environmental and regulatory requirements. 

May 15, 2012

The contractor will be working on the trails at Powell Butte Nature Park over the next few days. Please stay alert and use caution around construction equipment. There may be a brief closure of Fernwood Trail (1-2 days) when the permanent boardwalks are installed.   

May 7, 2015

As part of the project, many of the park’s nearly 10 miles of trails have been improved, realigned, or reconnected in order to limit environmental impacts, reduce user conflicts, improve accessibility, and reduce fall-line impacts and steep grades. Some work is still required and a few trails have been renamed to eliminate confusion.

See the newly updated temporary trail map. Park visitors are reminded – for their safety – to keep out of fenced construction areas, stay on open, designated trails and be courteous to others, whether on foot, bike, or horse.

March 2, 2015

Fernwood Trail will be closed for bridge construction from March 11 - 13, 2015. Trail closure map can be accessed here.

February 27, 2015

On the afternoon of February 26, Portland Water Bureau operating engineers completed the draining of Powell Butte Reservoir 1 into Johnson Creek. Reservoir 1 is now completely emptied and will undergo a routine cleaning and inspection to ensure sanitary and structural integrity. The draining process began on February 9 and lasted just under three weeks.Throughout the entire operation, the flowrate of water into Johnson Creek was monitored 24-hours a day by the Water Bureau’s Water Control Center. Water Bureau operating engineers routinely tested the water for temperature, pH, and chlorine residual, ensuring that acceptable discharge parameters and environmental regulatory requirements were met. No chlorine residual was detected at any time during the discharge. The reservoir will now receive a thorough cleaning and inspection.

February 26, 2015

Avian Wildlife Survey at Powell Butte Nature Park, Park Users Reminded to be Cautious of Survey Markers - Maintaining and continuously improving habitat for birds and other wildlife within the Powell Butte Nature Park while making trails easily accessible to park users is of key importance for the Portland Parks & Recreation and the Water Bureau. Pre-placed markersOne way park wildlife, specifically the bird population, is researched and monitored in the nature park is through avian or bird surveys. During field visits, volunteers trained by Portland Parks & Recreation collect information used to study:

  • Relationships between birds and habitat
  • Seasonal migration
  • Breeding
  • Siting of a particular species
  • Effects of reducing non-native invasive plant species
  • Re-vegetation of native shrubs, trees, and grasses
  • Any changes in avian communities before and after reservoir construction and restoration efforts

Pre-placed wooden markers, such as the one to the right, help direct volunteers where to stand, observe, and count birds for the survey. The markers are located throughout the park, in the meadows, forested areas, and close to trail edges. The markers near the trail edge are in the process of being leveled with the ground for safety. Reminder to Be Safe Parks users are asked to leave the markers in their locations as they are integral to consistency for the Bird Study and other data collection throughout the year. Users are also asked to stay on the designated trail system for their safety and equine trail riders and mountain bikers encouraged to ride single file. The Portland Water Bureau and Parks & Recreation appreciate the public’s help in preserving and protecting the nature parks and all its inhabitants.

February 19, 2015

Portland Water Bureau operating engineers are in the process of slowly draining water currently in Powell Butte Reservoir 1 into Johnson Creek. Since the draining process began on Monday, February 9, operating engineers have been routinely testing the water for temperature, pH, and chlorine residual. No chlorine residual has been detected. On Thursday, February 19, draining into the creek from the reservoir will begin occurring 24-hours a day, instead of just during normal work hours. This decision culminated from a reduction in stream flow and a low chance for precipitation. The flowrate of water into Johnson Creek will continue to be monitored 24-hours a day by the Water Bureau’s Control Center. Routine testing of the water will carry on throughout the operation to ensure acceptable discharge parameters and environmental regulatory requirements are met. In an estimated 15 days, Powell Butte Reservoir 1 will be completely emptied and will undergo a routine cleaning and inspection to ensure sanitary and structural integrity.

February 6, 2015

On Monday, February 9, the Portland Water Bureau will begin conducting a routine maintenance draining and cleaning of Reservoir 1 at Powell Butte Nature Park in Southeast Portland. Water Bureau operating engineers will slowly drain the approximately eight-million gallons of water currently in Reservoir 1 into Johnson Creek. The engineers will be on site during work week hours to supervise the operation. The flowrate of water into Johnson Creek will be monitored 24-hours a day by the Water Bureau’s Control Center. Frequent testing of the water for turbidity, temperature, pH, and chlorine residual will occur throughout the operation, ensuring acceptable discharge parameters and environmental regulatory requirements are met.  Once the draining is complete, the reservoir will undergo a thorough cleaning and inspection. Reservoir 1’s draining is estimated to be complete by Wednesday, February 25.

Powell Butte Reservoir 1 was built in 1979-1980 and became operational in 1981.Powell Butte Reservoir 1, along with the newly operational Reservoir 2, are valuable assets to the water infrastructure. The two 50-million gallon underground tanks will help provide sufficient drinking water storage capacity to meet anticipated future growth in demand for water. The Water Bureau follows strict guidelines and maintenance schedules to ensure the reservoirs are kept at optimal levels of operation. The underground reservoirs receive a thorough cleaning and inspection every five years to ensure structural and sanitary integrity.

January 28, 2015

The new 50-million gallon underground reservoir at Powell Butte became operational in July 2014. The contractor and the Water Bureau are working on the final stages of completing the project by summer 2015. The monitoring of new plantings will continue over several more years.

2013 Updates

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.