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Healthy Parks, Healthy Portland

phone: 503-823-7529

1120 SW Fifth Avenue, Portland, OR 97204


1120 SW Fifth Avenue, Suite 1302
Portland, Oregon 97204

503-823-PLAY (7529)

Maija Spencer, Public Involvement Coordinator


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Forest Park Bridges

  • Site One Bridge on Wildwood Trail

  • Site Two Lower Macleay Trail bridges

  • Site Three Bridge failure on Maple Trail

Project Overview

Thanks to funding from the voter-approved Parks Replacement Bond, this project will replace bridges at three locations on the Wildwood, Lower Macleay and Maple Trails in Forest Park. This project is also part of the RENEW Forest Park Initiative.

Project Updates

Construction of the new bridges on the Lower Macleay, Maple, and Wildwood Trails in Forest Park started in June 2017.

CURRENT TRAIL CLOSURES, updated 7/24/2017


The Lower Macleay Trail has been closed since June 19, 2017 and will continue to be closed through mid-September 2017. A re-opening date will be posted once available.

The work to repair winter trail damage on the Lower Macleay Trail is completed, and the contractor is keeping the Lower Macleay closed to begin removal of the old bridges and installation of the new bridges. The trail will re-open once this work is fully completed.

The Maple Trail segment is also under construction. This segment of trail has been closed already for several years due to the failure of the old bridge. Please respect the trail closure signage and use the detour routes for your safety.
Lower Macleay Trail Detour Map | Maple Trail Detour Map

Regular updates will be posted here about other trail closures and detours as construction progresses. To receive project updates by email, sign up here.

Summary of Expected 2017 Trail Closures for this Project:

  • Lower Macleay Trail will be closed from the Lower Macleay Trailhead to the intersection with the Wildwood Trail (by the Stone House) for 2-3 months. Access to the ADA-accessible portion of Lower Macleay Trail may be open to the public intermittently if construction allows for safe public access. 
  • Maple Trail will be closed between Firelane 4 and the Koenig Trail. This segment of trail has been closed to the public for several years, due to the failure of the old bridge. This work will take 3-4 months. 
  • Wildwood Trail will be closed between the Upper Macleay parking lot (at NW Cornell Road) to the intersection with the Lower Macleay Trail for up 2-3 months.
  • The Lower Macleay Trail and the Wildwood Trail will NOT be closed at the same time. Construction will be staggered, so one of these trails will be closed and the other will remain open.
  • Additional PP&R trail closure information can be found here

bridge image

Bridge Design: ESA Vigil-Agrimis, Grummel Engineering, Fieldwork Design

November 2016
Parks staff shared the designs for the new bridges at the November 2016 Forest Park Entrance and Nature Center Open House. If you missed this event, you can view the designs here.

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Project Schedule

Winter 2015 - Summer 2016
Design Process, Public Involvement, and Permitting

Fall 2016 - Spring 2017
Final Permitting and Bidding

June 2017 - October 2017

Project Manager
Jill Hutchinson,, 503-823-5583

Public Involvement Coordinator
Maija Spencer,, 503-823-5593