1120 SW Fifth Avenue, Portland, OR 97204
Located in SE Portland, the Sellwood Gap – SE Umatilla to SE 13th Avenue trail project will help close the gap between the Springwater on the Willamette Trail with the Springwater Corridor Trail by providing an off-street rail-with-trail shared-use 12-foot path parallel to the Oregon Pacific Railroad mainline track from SE Umatilla to SE 13th Avenue.
Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) values our urban tree canopy and recognizes all the things trees give us – clean air and water, shade, habitat for wildlife, beauty, and more. Removing trees is not a decision PP&R makes lightly. PP&R evaluated many alternatives to try and keep the trees, but the site conditions - such as soil and slope – along with state and federal regulations (like ADA) inform our needed actions.
We have worked with our Urban Forestry Manager closely on this project, and at this time PP&R anticipates removing 34 trees – many already in poor condition, at the end of their life cycles, or located underneath power lines - to provide a safe and functional trail. 54 trees remain. PP&R plans to plant 37 new, native trees nearby to help mitigate the impact, along with making a payment to the City’s tree mitigation fund for a further 39 new trees.
Additionally, we are working with the USDA to ensure the wildlife are not affected, specifically relating to the Migratory Bird Act. The to-be-planted trees will be native and hybridized species which will provide a larger opportunity for environmental benefits, and possible nesting habitats in years to come.
Wednesday, February 27 | 7:30pm – 9:00pm
SMILE Station, 8210 SE 13th Avenue
Thank you to all who joined Portland Parks & Recreation for an open house public information session on the project to learn about any impacts to the neighborhood during construction and what neighbors can expect in the way of added benefits from the new Sellwood Gap Trail. If you have continuing questions or concerns, please contact Community Engagement Coordinator, Ken Rumbaugh at 503-823-5131 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
PROJECT MEETING UPDATE:
If your concern or question was missed, please reach out to Ken Rumbaugh at 503-503-823-5131 or email@example.com
The Springwater Corridor consists of 17 miles of paved trail and is one of the most heavily used multi-modal recreational and commuter trails in Oregon.
The western-most three-mile section of the trail, known as Springwater on the Willamette, was completed in the fall of 2002. This segment of the trail extends from SE 4th Avenue and Ivon Street near the Ross Island Bridge to SE Umatilla Street, just south of the Sellwood Bridge.
Another segment of the trail called the Three Bridges Section extends from east of SE 19th Avenue and Ochoco Street which then connects to the original section of the Springwater Corridor Trail that continues through Gresham to just past the Clackamas County line at Rugg Road. Presently, a gap exists between the Springwater on the Willamette Trail (ending at SE Umatilla) and the Three Bridges portion of the Springwater Corridor Trail (starting at SE 19th Avenue). The 2006 Metro Springwater Missing Gap Study recommended an alignment that would connect the trail segments utilizing the same railroad corridor and provide a direct and seamless connection. In the mean-time an interim “on street” route that starts at SE Umatilla and heads east and then south on SE 19th Avenue serves as the connection with the Three Bridges Section and the rest of the Springwater Corridor.
February – July 2019
George Lozovoy, Project Manager
Ken Rumbaugh, Community Engagement Coordinator