Metro has secured rights to easements through four properties near the Portland-Gresham border that will allow them to expand the popular Marine Drive Trail.
Using funds from their $227 million, 2006 voter-approved natural areas bond measure, Metro plans to build about 1,000 feet of trail out near NE 185th Avenue (see map above).
Here’s more information about the project from Metro:
Metro’s four new trail easements will help close a one-mile gap, one of several in the paved pathway tracing Marine Drive and the Columbia River. Eventually, the Marine Drive Trail will stretch 20 miles from the St. Johns neighborhood in North Portland eastward to Troutdale, offering spectacular views of water, wildlife and mountain peaks.
Metro negotiated agreements for the easements with four different landowners and the parcels are in both Gresham and Portland. The new trail segments are expected to be built in the next 3-6 years.