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

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014
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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.
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Future off-road bike park Gateway Green acquired by City of Portland

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014
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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

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014
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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.
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Gateway Green hits crowdfunding goal

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013
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

Monday, September 30th, 2013
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

Thursday, September 5th, 2013

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.
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A crowdfunding test for Gateway Green bike park project

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013
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The Gateway Green parcel, as seen from the I-205 path looking south toward the Gateway Transit Center.
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)

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Off-road and indoors: Two exciting updates from outer northeast Portland

Friday, May 11th, 2012
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Just one mile away from each other, Gateway Green (L) and The Lumberyard will offer
fun new options for riding in outer northeast Portland.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

Trying to get caught up on emails after my 10-day break and I’ve come across two exciting project updates — both of which are located east of 82nd Ave. (more…)

‘Declaration’ signing will mark major milestone for Gateway Green project

Thursday, December 9th, 2010
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Bike trails could begin construction in 2012.
(Photo © J. Maus)

Tomorrow the Gateway Green project will pass its most important milestone since citizen activist Linda Robinson and East Portland developer Ted Gilbert first unveiled their vision back in May 2008. A host of major electeds, supporters, and other bigwigs will come together for a ceremony to officially sign the project’s “Declaration of Cooperation.”
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Breaking ‘logjam’, City of Portland commits to Gateway Green project

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010
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The Gateway Green site as it looks today.
(Photos © J. Maus)

Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish announced earlier today that the City of Portland will assume an official leadership role in the Gateway Green project. It’s been over a year since the project has moved significantly forward, but today Fish said the City’s decision to step up with leadership responsibility and financial commitment will help “break the logjam.”
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