Workshop will focus on North Portland Greenway trail design

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Riders pass newly dedicated public
art on an existing piece of
Willamette Greenway Trail.
(Photo © J. Maus)

Volunteer planners working on the the North Portland Greenway Trail will host a design workshop this weekend. The trail, which was first envisioned back in 2005 and won a $448,000 planning study grant from Metro back in March, will someday connect Cathedral Park in St. Johns with the Eastbank Esplanade near the Steel Bridge.

Saturday’s design workshop is being organized by Kelly Rogers, a freelance consultant who specializes in sustainable city planning. Rogers is a volunteer on the project and says the event is a way for them to get the community excited about the trail and come up with creative design solutions.

Kelly says the trail will be broken down into five sections and they hope to finish the day with 2-3 design scenarios for each one. “It’s a creative exercise, so we hope people will explore and get outside the box. Even if people have ideas that might not be the most feasible, they might actually spark an idea that is.”

Kelly said they’re especially hoping to garner ideas about how to connect the future trail to the many neighborhoods it will pass. “There could be different themes for each neighborhood, certain plantings that mark the sense of entry, or it could be public art.”

If you’d like to get involved with the North Portland Greenway Trail and offer your ideas on how to make it look and feel welcoming to all users, consider joining in on the workshop. The event includes coffee and pastries in the morning and lunch. RSVP is required. See below for details.

    North Portland Willamette Greenway Community Design Workshop
    Saturday, October 17: 8:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
    Daimler Trucks NA Conference Center East Willamette Room
    4555 N. Channel Avenue
    Please arrive early to sign in
    Coffee and pastries at 8:00 a.m.
    Lunch will be served at 12:00 noon RSVP to portlandkelly[at]gmail[dot]com

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14 years ago

You go Kelly!!

gabriel amadeus
14 years ago

I’ll be there!

joe adamski
joe adamski
14 years ago

just a major correction.. ngGreenway looks to build a river level trail connecting the Esplanade thru Swan Island and St Johns to Kelly Point. As much as a recreational trail and a connector to neighborhoods, we want to connect the jobs downtown,Swan Island and Rivergate. Connections to other trails and facilities will make npGW one of the most valuable trails in the region.
Safe connections to jobs will benefit both workers and employers.

Jim Labbe
14 years ago

Go Kelly Rodgers and the NPgreenway crew… Scott, Francie, Joe and others! Thanks for moving this the forward! I wish I could be there. I will try to send ideas and photos from the Netherlands where it seems like most rivers in cities and even small towns have developed greenway trails.

14 years ago

I wish I could go, can I suggest that other such events be hosted on Sundays? I just can’t let go of my hours at work.