gateway green

A ride into the future with east Portland’s biking action committee

by on June 29th, 2016 at 9:37 am

Walter Lersch and Elizabeth Quiroz on NE Weidler. A curb-protected bike lane couplet will arrive there next year.
(Photos: M.Andersen/BikePortland)

Portland’s vast east side has huge potential for biking, and many millions of dollars in biking improvements are poised to drop on its streets.

It’s also gearing up for what could be a regional-destination bike recreation park in the form of Gateway Green.

But the little cadre of folks who’ve scored those victories are looking for new blood to set the area’s next goals. The East Portland Action Plan bike committee invited me to join them on a tour Tuesday night of some of the most promising biking projects about to happen on the east side.


City Budget Office denies Parks’ request for Gateway Green and off-road cycling plan funds

by on March 19th, 2015 at 9:13 am

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Riders in Gateway Green, a future bike park.
(Photo J Maus/BikePortland)

Portlanders itching for more places to ride bikes in the dirt will now have to work extra hard, thanks to a report from the City Budget Office (PDF) that recommends zero funding for two Portland Parks & Recreation projects we’ve been following very closely: Gateway Green and the Off-Road Cycling Master Plan.

Does this mean those two projects won’t be funded? No. The report is just one factor Mayor Hales and City Council will use to decide where money should be spent. But the CBO recommendation does underscore the difficult politics around these two projects and it means anyone who wants to see them become reality will have to make sure their voices are heard in the coming weeks and months.

We reached out the Budget Office, Commissioner Fritz’s office, and supporters of these projects to learn more about what this all means…

Here are the Portland Bicycle Advisory Committee’s top 10 priorities citywide

by on February 27th, 2015 at 1:55 pm

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What do you think?
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As we reported earlier this week, the City of Portland is trying to hone its massive transportation to-do list by asking people to rank their 10 favorite projects.

In a letter circulated this week, the citizens’ committee that’s most closely tied to Portland’s biking policies shared theirs.


Cyclocross exhibition offers glimpse of Gateway Green’s potential

by on November 17th, 2014 at 1:34 pm

Community Cross at Gateway Green-1
It’s not very often we get to inaugurate a brand new place to ride!
(Photo J. Maus/BikePortland)

2014 cyclocross coverage on BikePortland is sponsored by Sellwood Cycle Repair.

What if there was a world-class bicycle park conveniently located in east Portland? A place that could host everything from weekend nature escapes to singletrack riding and national-level competitions?

On Saturday, a few hundred people peered into that future reality at the Community Cross event held at Gateway Green. It was the first-ever bicycle event held at the site, which will likely be known someday as a premier cycling destination. (more…)

There’s a cyclocross race at Gateway Green next month!

by on October 22nd, 2014 at 10:37 am

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Gateway Green: Portland’s future premier cyclocross racing venue.
(Photos by J. Maus/BikePortland)

We are excited to announce that six and-a-half years after we first told you about Gateway Green, supporters of the project have planned their first official bike event. Yesterday on their Facebook page, the Friends of Gateway Green unveiled plans for “Community CX,” a cyclocross exhibition race that will take place on November 15th.

Future off-road bike park Gateway Green acquired by City of Portland

by on August 27th, 2014 at 5:13 pm

Conceptual drawing of the off-road biking plans.

A key step toward making Gateway Green a reality was taken today when Portland City Council voted unanimously to authorize a land transfer from the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT). Portland is now the official owner of the 25 acre property that’s slated to become what Portland Parks & Recreation referred to today as an “off-road biking facility.”

The City of Portland acquired the land from ODOT for $19,300, money they received from developers via System Development Charges (SDCs).

In a statement released today by PP&R, City Parks Commissioner Amanda Fritz said, (more…)

Gateway Green wins $1 million Metro grant

by on July 16th, 2014 at 2:29 pm

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The southern tip of the Gateway Green parcel seen from the NE Halsey overpass.
(Photo by J. Maus/BikePortland)

Gateway Green, a 38 acre parcel in east Portland that’s slated to become a bike park (along with other things), came away as the big winner in Metro’s “Nature in Neighborhoods” grant program. $5.2 million in awards were announced last week and Gateway Green received all of the $1 million they had requested — an award larger than any of the other 9 projects.

Gateway Green hits crowdfunding goal

by on October 3rd, 2013 at 10:25 am

Gateway Green visionaries and tireless advocates
Linda Robinson (2nd from left) and Ted Gilbert
(2nd from right) at City Hall earlier this week.
(Photo: Friends of Gateway Green)

It just happened.

The state of Oregon’s first ever public works project that tested the waters of public donations via a crowdfunding campaign has succeeded. The Friends of Gateway Green have raised over $100,000 to design and plan a 38 acre bicycle recreation park in east Portland. And with five days left in the campaign, project leaders say all the money raised over their goal will go directly to “putting shovels in the ground.”

It’s been over four years since Gateway Green became an official priority of the State of Oregon thanks to former Governor Ted Kulongoski’s decision to make it an Oregon Solutions project. Since then, citizen activist extraordinaire Linda Robinson and real estate developer Ted Gilbert have worked tirelessly to put the pieces of this puzzle together. (more…)

Coca-Cola will match donations to Gateway Green crowdfunding campaign

by on September 30th, 2013 at 5:19 pm

The campaign announced a $10,000 donation
from Kaiser Permanente just last week.
(Photo: Friends of Gateway Green)

The campaign to raise $100,000 in public donations to design and plan the Gateway Green bike park just got some big news: Coca-Cola has pledged a $25,000 matching grant. Not only that, but Mayor Charlie Hales is set to proclaim tomorrow, October 1st, “Build Gateway Green Day.”

All this comes with just one week left in the crowdfunding campaign that began earlier this month. So far, backers have donated over $68,000 en route to the $100,000 goal. The money will be used to create shovel-ready design plans that will turn the 38-acre parcel in east Portland into a city park with off-road biking as the main focus. (more…)

$8,000 and counting: Gateway Green off to quick crowdfunding start

by on September 5th, 2013 at 11:56 am

Less than a day has passed since the ‘Build Gateway Green’ crowdfunding campaign began — and it’s already raised well over $8,000 in donations from over 60 people. The goal is $100,000 and conventional wisdom dictates that if someone raises 30% of the total in the first week, they are likely to make it all the way.

As we shared yesterday, this public crowdfunding campaign for a state-run project is a first for Oregon (the state is managing the fundraising campaign, but the park will be managed and run by the City of Portland). Governor Kitzhaber’s Oregon Solutions team is betting that a new park full of bike trails and other amenities in green-space-starved east Portland will spur enough grassroots donations that institutional funding sources will realize the project is worth investing in.