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Parks & Recreation

Healthy Parks, Healthy Portland

phone: 503-823-7529

1120 SW Fifth Avenue, Portland, OR 97204

- REBUILD Forest Park (recreation)

Rebuild Forest Park

Forest Park was created in 1948, and today much of its aging infrastructure requires replacement or repair. Failing bridges, collapsed culverts, and restricted trailhead access are among the challenges facing the park. By investing in durable and modern improvements, PP&R will enhance the visitor experience and create a more resilient Park for future generations.

Lower MacLeay Trail
Status: Funded by 2014 Parks Bond, completed fall 2017
Flooding and landslides in Balch Creek Canyon have resulted in significant trail failures and damage. Funding is addressing improvements along .86 miles of trail, two bridge replacements, in-stream work to improve fish and macroinvertebrate habitat, and access and interpretative signage for environmental education.

Maple Bridge 
Status: Funded by 2014 Parks Bond, completed fall 2017
This beloved trail has been closed for more than two years due to deterioration of a vital 35-foot long bridge, much to the chagrin of hikers and runners who love this particular stretch.

Culvert Replacements
Status: Three culverts are scheduled for replacement in 2018
Leif Erikson Drive provides critical access for emergency responders; maintaining the stability of this road is essential. Out of 176 culverts surveyed along the route, 19 were identified as needing replacement. As of January 2016, five total culverts have been replaced (four in partnership with the Bureau of Environmental Services), leaving 14 culverts remaining.


Read more about bridge replacements in Forest Park, thanks to the 2014 Parks Replacement Bond.


For questions or additional information, please contact Renew Forest Park Program Specialist Becca Shively at becca.shively@portlandoregon.gov or 503-823-2985.