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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.