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Love Forest Park?

Community input and ideas needed on draft trail concepts for the popular natural area.

The City is considering five draft trail concepts to enhance off-road cycling in Forest Park as part of the citywide Off-road Cycling Master Plan.

All of the draft concepts include trail improvements for safety and sustainability as well as restoration of nearby natural habitat. Whether you walk, run, bike, or enjoy Forest Park in other ways, we want to hear what you think about these trail ideas.

These concepts were guided by the Forest Park Planning Principles, which translate the project’s vision and the many plans for Forest Park into specific guidance for off-road cycling. The principles support:

  • Preserving the highest-use pedestrian trails in the park (including the Wildwood and Maple trails)
  • Achieving a net ecological benefit through trail improvements
  • Focusing on cross-country cycling experiences on narrower, rolling trails.

Important note: Building or implementing any potential project would require additional planning and community input, robust environmental review and multiple approvals.

The five draft trail concepts are:

  1. Open Tolinda Trail to off-road cycling
  2. Open Firelane 7, Firelane 7A, and Oil Line Road to off-road cycling
  3. Open Firelane 4 to off-road cycling and connect it to Saltzman Road
  4. Improve Firelane 1 and build a new trail parallel to Highway 30
  5. Build a new trail south of NW 53rd Drive

Head to the project website at and click “Off-road Cycling in Forest Park” to see the drafts and learn more. The website also includes a detailed feedback form where you can provide input on each Trail Concept and the Planning Principles. You can also add new ideas and more general comments.

Community members say where new dirt trails and bike parks should go

Feedback on Off-road Cycling Master Plan options will help planners meet the needs of a wide range of users

In just a couple of weeks, community members have left nearly 2,000 comments on the Off-road Cycling Master Plan

Through in-person open houses, the online interactive map, Forest Park questionnaire, general comment form and email, community members shared their ideas for creating more places for people of all ages and abilities to walk and ride on dirt paths and in bike parks.

These comments will help shape the proposal later this spring. We hope to hear from many more people by the end of the April.


Kids on bikes at New Columbia bike park

About 150 people, including lots of children, shared their ideas at a community event at New Columbia on Saturday, April 8. Kids, parents and grandparents added their comments about where new dirt trails and bicycle parks should be built. Many of the youth took the opportunity to try out the skill park on their own or on a borrowed bike. The Community Cycling Center opened up the Bike HUB, loaned bikes and helmets, and fixed a number of bikes.


We’re looking forward to hearing from more community members at the East Portland Community Center this Saturday, April 15.

This event will feature an open house, bike skills course, loaner bikes, free ice cream (!) — and a raffle for tickets to the Oregon Zoo and bike-related goodies. Spanish, Russian and Vietnamese-speaking community members are invited to come and chat with a Community Engagement Liaison to add their voice to the conversation. We hope you can join us!


Traditional open houses in Downtown and SW Portland were also a hit. About 100 interested and invested community members left detailed comments about places they want to, and don’t want to, see more trails and bike parks. Many also spent time talking with staff and other community members.

Additional open houses are scheduled this Thursday and Monday evenings (in Northwest and Southeast Portland).

People writing comments on maps

More dirt trails for hiking and biking and off-road cycling parks are being planned for Portland

Tell us where you’d like to see more off-road cycling trails and parks in or near your neighborhood with our online and in-person open houses and community events

Portlanders, we love our nature, right? It’s one of the things that makes our city so special. That’s why the City of Portland is looking for ways to increase off-road cycling facilities throughout the city – so more people can be active outside, experience nature and their city, and enjoy riding a bicycle.

Through the Off-road Cycling Master Plan, you can be a part of the decision-making process … about what kinds of trails, pump tracks and skill parks should go where. We’re particularly interested in creating more opportunities for people and families in underserved areas. 

What do you think?

We want to hear from you! Whether you like to walk, bike, run, experience nature, or enjoy Portland’s parks and open spaces in other ways, your input will help create a more complete “system” of dirt trails and other facilities throughout the city. 

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Bring the whole family to a community event where you can test your riding skills on your bicycle or ours, enjoy free food, and enter to win fun prizes! Or join us at an evening open house to share your ideas. Events are being held at six different locations all around the city, starting Thursday, April 6, 2017.

Learn more and give feedback from the comfort of your kitchen table

Don’t have time to come to an open house? Visit our super fun online open house, with pictures, videos, maps and illustrations. Then use the interactive map to tell us where you'd like to see more places to walk, bike and enjoy nature in the city. 

December 15th Advisory Committee meeting is postponed

Meeting has been rescheduled to January 26

The December Project Advisory Committee meeting is postponed due to weather and travel conditions. The meeting has been rescheduled to January 26, 2017 with details posted on the project calendar

Off-road Cycling Master Plan Internship Opportunity

City seeking an intern to assist with public events and outreach

The City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) is seeking a Community Service Aide to assist with the development of the Portland Off-road Cycling Master Plan. BPS develops creative and practical solutions to enhance Portland’s livability, preserve distinctive places and plan for a resilient future.

The Portland Off-road Cycling Master Plan will develop a citywide plan for a system of off-road cycling facilities – such as sustainable trail networks, skill parks and pump tracks – where kids, adults, and families can ride for fun, exercise and to experience the outdoors in the city.

Community Service Aides are typically graduate students or recent graduates seeking entry-level work in the field of urban planning. They work under the guidance of professional planning staff on a variety of assignments.

Responsibilities may include:

  • Organizing and staffing public events (including possible evening and weekend events), including outreach to historically under-represented or under-served communities
  • Assisting with meeting coordination and note taking
  • Maintaining testimony/comments database
  • Synthesizing public feedback
  • Completing research and analysis

Basic qualifications:

  • Knowledge of public outreach principles and practices
  • Familiarity with equitable urban planning principles
  • Ability to work with a wide variety of people with different professional and cultural backgrounds
  • Comfort representing the project and bureau in public
  • Clear and concise writing and strong verbal communication skills
  • Flexibility, initiative, and ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)

Desired skills and experience:

  • Direct personal or professional experience working with historically under-represented or under-served communities, such as communities of color, Portlanders with limited-English proficiency, low-income residents, youth, and Portlanders with disabilities
  • Experience with public outreach
  • Experience with research and data collection, organization and analysis
  • Valid state driver’s license and a driving record that meets the City’s good driver criteria
  • Ability to speak another language (Spanish, Vietnamese, Somali, Chinese, etc.)

Start date: January 2016

Hours: Approximately 30-40 hours per week

Duration: Through June 2016. This position is classified as a Community Service Aide, and is limited to no more than 1,400 hours per calendar year. 

Compensation: $15-$18/hour depending on experience and qualifications

Benefits: Employee will be eligible for limited sick time and paid holidays

Application: Please submit a cover letter and resume describing your qualifications to 

Michelle Kunec-North
Bureau of Planning and Sustainability
1900 SW 4th Avenue #7100
Portland, OR 97201

Application Deadline:  December 20, 2016

Equal Opportunity: The City of Portland (also referred to as the City) is fully committed to the concept and practice of equal opportunity and affirmative action in all aspects of employment.

Veterans: If you are requesting Veteran’s Preference, include a copy of your DD214/DD215 and/or Veteran’s Administration letter stating your disability with your resume and cover letter. Veteran’s Preference documentation must be submitted no later than the closing of this recruitment.