A bold new concept of the Central City 2035 Plan, the Green Loop is a linear park that connects people to places within and beyond Portland's downtown neighborhoods and the Willamette River.
Welcoming riders, striders, walkers, rollers and strollers from 8- to 80 years olds, the Green Loop is for people of all ages and abilities. It's a 10K run, a gentle ride or stroll, both recreation and respite.
It’s about people
Everyone has a place in the heart of the city. The Green Loop will be for people who live outside the Central City as well as inside the urban core. Like families who come to OMSI on the weekend on the MAX. Or PSU students who bike to the city center from North Portland. Or a retiree and avid trail enthusiast from Southwest.
By 2035, the Central City will have 51,000 new households and 174,000 jobs. As the Central City absorbs 30 percent of Portland’s growth over the next two decades, the Green Loop will be a catalyst to repurpose streets, reinvent our transportation connections and create new spaces for people — not cars.
Healthy. Healthy cities need healthy hearts, and more trees mean fresher air and more shade on hot days. Which means cooler temperatures and more enjoyable places for walking, jogging, rolling, cycling and resting. And that means fewer people in cars and lower carbon emissions.
The Green Loop will be designed for safety, welcoming kids on bikes and elders alike. It’s like Sunday Parkways every day. And it’s free!
Connected. As Portland’s population grows (and grows) our roads and freeways will carry even more traffic. We need reliable and safe ways to move people in and out of the urban core. The Loop builds a healthy web of connectivity between nearly a dozen districts — from the West End to the Lloyd to South Waterfront — and cultural hot spots like the Portland Art Museum, OMSI and the Moda Center.
It will link to major transit hubs and be the central path of a citywide system of park-like greenways reaching all neighborhoods of Portland. The Loop connects and partners with sister projects outside the Central City, like the Lents Green Ring, to share and build momentum for grassroots efforts.
Equitable. The Green Loop will be an urban pathway accessible to all. The Central City is home to 60 percent of the City’s affordable housing units. It has the largest concentration of social services and care providers in the city, especially shelter service facilities.
Living wage work is a cornerstone of equity — and people need affordable and safe ways to get to jobs. A third of Portland’s jobs are in the Central City, and more than 50,000 new jobs are coming in the next two decades. Building the Green Loop offers a chance to harness opportunities for all the people that call the Central City home.
Prosperous. The Loop will carry people through employment districts, from Portland State University and OHSU to downtown, the Pearl and Lloyd. It will give Portlanders more options to reach jobs, education, services and return home. And it will guide tourists to shopping, cafes and entertainment.
Healthy circulation through the Central City and out to the city’s myriad greenway networks will support businesses and social services, improving access to places people rely on.
Uniquely Portland. The Green Loop will be a new place for art and expression. A place to pause and meditate or to gather socially or in solidarity.
With the growth projected for Portland, the Green Loop can help us gracefully evolve into a world-class city — that attracts global attention and investments — while still preserving and accentuating the things that make Portland livable, unique and special.
It’s a transformative investment in our low-carbon ethos and an iconic symbol of a city that values and supports all people: residents, workers, students and visitors.
The Green Loop is destined to become Portland's version of New York's High Line, Miami's Underline, Chicago's new 606 or the Indianapolis Cultural Trail.