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Follow-up: Gateway Green Vision Plan now online

Posted by on May 30th, 2008 at 3:49 pm

Gateway Green Vision Plan
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Gateway Green is an ambitious project to reclaim 35 acres of unused land at the intersections of I-84 and I-205 in East Portland.

Last week I shared a preview of the project after I had a sneak peek at the Vision Plan — a 27-page document that lays out the design, funding, and other aspects of the project.

A key component of the project is to incorporate bicycle trails both for recreational (mostly unpaved) and transportation-oriented uses (it would be a pass-through for commuters connecting to I-205 path and future Sullivan’s Gulch Trail).

Now the Vision Plan is available online on the website of the Portland Development Commission.

Once you download it, turn to page 11. In the chapter on “Design”, the first heading under “The Plan” is “Bicycling”. What follows are paragraphs on “Bicycle Commuting”;

“Gateway Green provides a critical link in the bicycle commute network…”

“Mountain Biking”;

“Single track mountain biking areas are proposed for the existing woodland area… in addition, a figure-8 bicycle pathway…would provide biking loop and connection to Rocky Butte, where additional mountain biking trails could be developed.”


“Cyclocross courses would be set up temporarily on the site, and would use the mountain bike and free-riding trails that already exist…”

and “Free-riding”;

“The southern portion of the site has hilly terrain and is well-suited for this type of bicycle recreation.”

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  • John Russell May 31, 2008 at 1:04 am

    I\’m interested in seeing how the bike commuting path integrates into this. It sure would be nice to have such a nice open space along such a commuting route. And it might be pretty fun to hit the trails on one\’s way home.

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  • Matthew Denton May 31, 2008 at 11:20 am

    This is great. This is everything that that the city should be doing more of. There is alternative energy, responsible storm water management, and bicycling, all put in one of the worst places in the city: the middle of a freeway interchange. People can drive by, (or be stuck in traffic by) this park and look out their windows and go \”That looks like fun. I should ride my bicycle through there instead of sitting here in my car.\” And some of them might just do it…

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  • Jeff June 1, 2008 at 4:42 pm

    This would be really great! If this is the stretch I think it is, I always sigh mournfully as I ride by on the 205 trail and think how nice it would be to cruise down that little jeep trail into the woods…

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  • Mister Viddy June 1, 2008 at 10:17 pm

    I must say, this is exciting. I\’d really like to see this project come to life.

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  • Poe October 15, 2008 at 7:36 pm

    this is so sick. I have been building jumps down there for a while now and my buddies and i are about to tear down the sketchy jumps and makes a bunch of really nicely built jumps. I just finished building this smooth drop leading into a nice double.

    Could someone tell me when this is happening. Im building alot shoveling for hours and hours. I want to be able to bring more equipment down to make better jumps.

    Someone please respond.
    If some one could send me an email at alexpoe@msn.com
    that would be great i would like to talk to the city about this and need more information to do so.

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