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PSC News: August 14, 2018 Meeting Recap

Neighborhood Contact — Hearing; Residential Infill Project — Work Session


  • Neighborhood Contact — Hearing
  • Residential Infill Project — Work Session

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Portlanders had a blast at Sunday Parkways on the Green Loop

Some 33,000 riders, striders, walkers, rollers and strollers turned out to celebrate and explore the proposed six-mile linear park around the Central City.

It was hot. It was crowded. It was fun. It was rowdy. It was colorful. It was joyful.

It was epic.

It was Sunday Parkways on the Green Loop.

On July 22, 2018, tens of thousands of people (roughly 33,000) flocked to the Central City to experience a concept, an idea – of what the future could look like. A day Portlanders and visitors from all over the region may look back on and say, “I was there.”

It was the beginning of a beautiful relationship between community members and their city.

Relive the moments through pictures

What’s the big deal?

The Green Loop concept has been around since the early days of the Central City 2035 planning process. As community members expressed a desire for a car-free way to get all the way around the central city, urban designers, land use and transportation planners, bike and pedestrian advocates, and many others gave birth to the idea of the Green Loop:

A six-mile linear park around the Central City, where people of all ages and abilities could enjoy a safe way to get to work, go for a jog, meet friends or family, see a cultural event, have a picnic or take a nap.

As plans for the Central City evolved, so did the Green Loop concept. And in May, City Council adopted the former and passed a resolution to move the latter forward.

Then Sunday Parkways happened. And the Green Loop went from concept to reality in one sunny five-hour afternoon.

It was as envisioned:

  • People on bikes
  • Kids on trikes
  • People in wheelchairs
  • Skidders on scooters
  • Drummers, strummers and hummers
  • Fish, goats and pets large and small
  • People splashing in fountains
  • People jumping in the river
  • And, of course, balloons and bubbles
  • And so much more.

Missed it?

Read all about the day of the event as well as media coverage beforehand.

Tribune: Green Loop gets city moving for Sunday Parkways Let’s keep the Green Loop rolling

KOIN: City to kick off Sunday Parkways on the Green Loop

KATU: Sunday Parkways gives residents a preview of Portland's "Green Loop" location

KGW: Portland 'Green Loop' gets symbolic thumbs-up

And stay connected!

Visit the Green Loop website to learn more and sign up to stay informed and support the Green Loop.

See you on the Loop! 

Catch a ride on the Green Loop at the July 22 Sunday Parkways

Be among the first to follow the proposed alignment for a six-mile linear park in the Central City!

Join us on July 22 to experience the “early days” of the Green Loop

You may have heard of it, but … what exactly is it?

The Green Loop will be a six-mile linear park around the heart of Portland’s Central City, with ample room for people to play, wander, walk or ride a bike.

It will be a place for everyone in the heart of the city. Whether on foot, bike or mobility device, people of all ages, abilities and incomes will be able to get to work, go for a jog, shop, eat, rest or meet friends in the park via the Green Loop.

The Green Loop is quintessentially Portland: natural and urban, creative and entrepreneurial, sustainable and dynamic.

It's a movement to help people immerse themselves in the urban core in a new and exciting way, along trails and pathways that offer unique experiences and encounters with nature, art and each other.

The Green Loop will support businesses and social services, improving access to places where people can get the staples and support they need. And it will reconfirm Portland's commitment to greater access to parks and active transportation.

In turn, the Green Loop can become an iconic symbol of a city that values and supports all people: residents, workers, students and visitors of all ages, shapes and sizes, origins and incomes.

Healthy hearts need healthy arteries

The Central City is the region's hub — with more jobs, housing and cultural attractions than any other city in the tri-county area. And more people and jobs are coming.

As Portland grows and more people need to get around the city, we’ll need new ways (and infrastructure) for people to move in, around and through the heart of the city. The Green Loop offers a clear “artery” that won’t be clogged with cars and buses. 

The Green Loop will support the growth of jobs and housing in the city center, create and connect green spaces, and offer signature public spaces for all to enjoy and experience. It will give people unprecedented access to the heart of Portland, stringing together nearly a dozen distinct districts that surround the Willamette River, each with its own history, attractions, communities, and unique look and feel.

While the Green Loop will be in the Central City, it will serve people all over Portland and the region. Whether you live in Southwest, North Portland, East Portland, or the Inner Eastside, the Green Loop will connect to bikeways that can take you to the heart of the city and back home safely and easily.

There are some segments of the Green Loop that largely exist today — like SW Moody to the Tilikum Crossing Bridge across to OMSI. And key links of the alignment will get built with other major capital improvement projects, such as the Sullivan's Crossing bike and pedestrian bridge over I-84, which will break ground in 2019. Or the U.S. Postal Service redevelopment site.

The Green Loop is still a concept, however. Public process to date has helped establish the general alignment along the Park Blocks on the west side and SE 6th or 7th through the Central Eastside and Lloyd Districts. But there is still more community engagement needed to work through design alternatives as well as design and engineering work to do prior to construction of the entire loop.

How will it be funded?

While specific funding sources for the Green Loop have not been determined, the project will require its own fundraising campaign.

But it will not take away funding already slated for other active transportation projects around Portland. Similar projects in other cities have raised funds through combinations of public financing, state and federal grants, and private philanthropy. Currently, the Green Loop is not expected to be built all at once, so its funding strategy will likely use a phased approach.

Projects like the Green Loop add value to their cities. Think New York’s Highline, the Atlanta Beltline and Indianapolis’ Cultural Trail. These infrastructure revitalization projects began as ideas from the community, which were subsequently — and enthusiastically — embraced by the public. The Green Loop will also need both public and private support to get started.

And like the Highline, Cultural Trail and Beltline, the Green Loop can stimulate billions of dollars in private investments, expand property tax bases, attract new businesses to the urban core and generate thousands of new stewards of vibrant places.

Green Loop booth @ Guardian Games on SE Taylor

On Sunday, the Green Loop team will be in front of Guardian Games at SE 3rd and Taylor. Other Green Loop-related booths (including Friends of the Green Loop and Central City in Motion) will be at the Trailblazers Plaza and the northern and southern end of the Sunday Parkways crossing over I-84 (the future Sullivan's Crossing). Stop by for a chat and some swag.

Who knows? Someday you’ll be able to say, “I was there at the beginning.” 

Read more about the City Council vote to endorse the Green Loop

Visit our new website

Take hard-to-recycle items to this community recycling event

Team up with Fred Meyer and the Trail Blazers for the Green Days of Summer.

Join Fred Meyer and the Trail Blazers to eliminate waste on Saturday, July 21, 2018 at a community recycling event in Portland. Drop off items and participate in family-friendly activities. Meet Blazer Caleb Swanigan and hang out with Blaze and the Blazer Dancers! You can win game tickets or other prizes.

Be Cart Smart will be on hand to answer recycling questions and share waste reduction ideas.

The event is from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. Location: Hollywood Fred Meyer, 3030 NE Weidler Street in Portland.


Acceptable items for Agilyx: All forms of Polystyrene (#6) including Styrofoam. No starch peanuts, Polypropylene or Polyethylene foam.

Acceptable items for Denton Plastics: Pre-sorted, clean plastics (#2, #4, #5). Items include buckets, pipe, drums, bottles, lids, caps, irrigation tube, tubs, pails, pots, trays, waste baskets, hampers, chairs, furniture.

Acceptable items for Free Geek: Smartphones, tablets, e-readers, video systems, and Oregon E-Cycles program items like computers, monitors, TVs, printers, keyboards and mice. Find out more about what is and isn’t accepted.

Give back! The Oregon Food Bank will accept your cans and bottles for donation through the Bottle Drop fundraising program

Learn more about the Green Days of Summer events.