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POSTED FEBRUARY 4, 2020
(Portland, OR) –
Portland Parks & Recreation announces that substantial improvements will begin in early March at Gateway Green, a park for off-road cycling and hiking located in east Portland. Project partners include Friends of Gateway Green, Northwest Trail Alliance, and Metro.
Construction will start in early March. Gateway Green will temporarily close during construction and the improved park is expected to reopen in November 2020. Gateway Green spans 25 acres just east of Rocky Butte near the Gateway Regional Transit Center and along the I-205 multi-use path.
ABOVE: Gateway Green Phase 2 rendering is courtesy of GreenWorks, PC, and Portland Parks & Recreation, Portland, OR
Gateway Green’s Phase 2 construction will include:
“The continued improvements at Gateway Green are exciting news for off-road cyclists and hikers around the Portland metro area,” says Portland Parks & Recreation Director Adena Long. “We thank the Friends of Gateway Green, Metro, and the NW Trail Alliance for their inspiring advocacy and their continued volunteer work.”
“Gateway Green is a transformational project that will improve habitat while responding to the community’s needs,” says Juan Carlos Ocaña-Chíu, Parks + Nature Community Investments and Cemeteries Manager for Metro. “Providing a signature greenspace for a growing hub of jobs, housing, and public transportation will help keep our region livable. Metro is excited to partner with Portland Parks and Recreation to bring this incredible community benefit to people who live and play in east Portland.”
Funding for this $5.75 Million project includes $1M from Metro and $4.75M in Portland Parks & Recreation System Development Charges.
“Friends of Gateway Green is humbled to see this construction going forward after more than a decade of advocacy for this park to become part of East Portland's collection of great public spaces,” says the group’s president, Paul Dickow. “We are grateful to be part of this partnership with PP&R, Metro, and NWTA and look forward to continuing our role in the park as a convener for new community partners to help activate this one-of-a-kind new public space.”
“Northwest Trail Alliance is a proud partner in this project,” says Juntu Oberg, who handles several roles with the NWTA. “We look forward to enhanced off-road cycling opportunities for local families and encourage everyone around the region to come to the park on public transit, supporting our ‘Ride to Your Ride’ mission.”
Portland Parks & Recreation has contracted with Raimore Construction for this unique project. Raimore is a locally owned and operated minority contractor with a field staff of over 60% minorities and women, and a management staff of over 80% minorities and women.
Phase 3 Improvements expected in several years
A third phase of construction will complete improvements and add an additional park entrance in the southern portion of the park near the Gateway Transit Center. The timing of Phase 3 will be determined by TriMet’s Better Red project. Better Red includes a new multi-use path connecting the existing Transit Center with a new MAX Red Line platform and extending north over I-84 to provide a new, accessible pathway to Gateway Green Park, and completing the trails and amenities of its south end, the high point of the park.
When fully built, a system of soft-surface and paved multi-use trails will allow visitors to explore the unique site and connect to the regional trail and cycling network.
History of Gateway Green
Community leaders and advocates continue to be instrumental in the development of Gateway Green. A comprehensive, community-supported design to restore habitat, improve access, and enhance other recreational activities at the park was completed in 2018. Friends of Gateway Green (FoGG) and Northwest Trail Alliance (NWTA) are key community partners assisting with programing and helping with trail maintenance in the park.
In 2014, the Metro Council awarded FoGG a $1 million Nature in Neighborhoods capital grant, and Portland Parks & Recreation purchased the property from the Oregon Department of Transportation. The Gateway Green Vision Plan (2008) was developed through a two-year community-led effort funded by residents and advocates. The design for this off-road cycling and hiking park was shaped with the community in 2018.
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