1120 SW Fifth Avenue, Portland, OR 97204
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“The Forest Park Entry and Nature Center project will create a timeless, versatile, easy to navigate place for all Portlanders that fits within the aesthetic of Forest Park; a safe place to connect to and engage with the park, nature, and other people through learning, recreation, play, and stewardship – a place to make great memories.”
The Entrance and Nature Center provides an inclusive welcoming entrance to Forest Park. The Nature Center will showcase the park’s special character and its timeless importance to Portland and the greater region.
The elements proposed for this project include:
Forest Park is a treasured ecological and recreational resource for all Portlanders. To help us understand your needs and concerns around this important project, we have:
This preferred alternative sets up the basic program elements, the scale of the project and the general layout of site. We will continue to refine details based on technical reviews and cost considerations.
Funding for the design and permitting of this project came from Systems Development Charges and the State of Oregon. This phase of the project was completed in June 2017 when more than 30 Advisory Committee member and Focus Group participants overwhelmingly supported the Final Design.
The entire budget to fully develop the Entrance and Nature Center is estimated at approximately $18 million. PP&R has $4.8 million currently allocated for the project.
The final design for the Entrance and Nature Center included the engagement of more than 50 community groups and organizations, and hundreds of individuals contributed thousands of comments. The product of this financial investment and community input is a facility and design that will serve Portlanders for decades.
Portland Parks & Recreation is committed to working to deliver the community supported plan. In order to ensure that we continue to make progress, we are moving forward with the project in phases. Full development of the project will be accomplished as funding is available.
Phase 1 – Forest Park Entrance and Trailhead
Features included in this phase are:
What you will experience
Street and sidewalk improvements along NW St. Helens Road will provide safe access for visitors travelling by foot, bicycle, bus or car. After a gentle climb adjacent to wetlands and forest, visitors will arrive at the trailhead parking area at an upper level, some twenty feet above the level of NW St. Helens Road. Here, there is a drop-off area for buses and parking for 30 cars (including 2 accessible spaces). Next to the drop off area is the main trailhead to access Firelane 1 bicycle and pedestrian path. Firelane 1 will be repaired and its original 12-foot width reestablished to allow improved access and eliminate the rutted and eroded condition of the existing road. Pedestrian, bicycle, and vehicular circulation is laid out to reduce disturbance to the forest and wetlands on site, allowing opportunities to interpret native plant communities and the diverse tree canopy.