pump track are coming to Beech Park.
(Graphic: Portland Parks)
The two new parks announced by the City of Portland last week will come with new bicycling opportunities for Portlanders — especially the estimated 1765 households that live near them
The proposed Beech Park (NE 126th and Beech) and Gateway Park & Plaza (NE 104th and Wasco) were pitched to the community by Parks Commissioner Amanda Fritz as a way to enhance underserved areas. "In east Portland, two out of every five households do not have easy access to a City park," read a statement from Fritz. "That is in stark contrast to the rest of Portland where four out of every five households live within a half-mile of a park or natural area."
While residents of east Portland have fewer parks, they also have fewer safe places to ride bicycles away from road traffic. The great news is that both of these parks will provide places where people young and old can ride in a pleasant environment.