Esplanade closure begins February 1st

See the dreamy, final buildout plans for Gateway Green

Posted by on April 27th, 2018 at 5:08 pm

A look at the center of the park that includes a new entrance, shaded picnic area, new trails, and more.
(Prepared by Greenworks)

The dream is so close!

Over 10 years after the idea was first envisioned, the final build-out of Gateway Green is imminent. And we just got our hands on the plans.


Click for large version.
(Prepared by Greenworks)

These drawings haven’t been published anywhere else yet and they’ll be unveiled for the first time at the Community Gathering event tomorrow (4/28).

As you know, this bike park officially opened in June 2017. But that was just Phase 1. These represent Phases 2 and 3 of the $3 million project. As you can see it includes a ton of exciting new features like: Three improved entrances (south, main, and north); several new trails and paths, including a hiking trail; seating area; overlooks; expanded pump track; nature play area; adaptive cycling trail; challenge course; upgraded landscaping and picnic areas, and more!

Peruse a detailed PDF of the plan here.

According to Friends of Gateway Green Co-Chair Linda Robinson, the park will be closed this coming October to November for construction and will open again in June 2019. There will be another round of construction the following winter to complete the plans.

You can learn more, see the design up-close, and chat with Parks staff and Gateway Green planners at tomorrow’s event from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm at Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization (10301 NE Glisan St).

— Jonathan Maus: (503) 706-8804, @jonathan_maus on Twitter and

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  • Edward April 27, 2018 at 6:29 pm

    It’s already such an amazing place. Right now is a magical time where it seems so fresh and raw and new! Everybody smiles. Great sense of community, people chatting, taking care of the place and looking out for each other (sharing bike tools).

    The features all looks great and well thought out. Having been out there a couple of times recently, I look forward to a bathroom.

    I also hope it stays open to change and innovation for whatever the future of biking brings us. I saw people out on the skills course on skateboards (after they got done with the pump track), and some guys taking a huge series of challenge jumps on a scooter.

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  • Mike Quigley April 28, 2018 at 7:49 am

    Sandwiched between a gridlocked freeway, a busy road, and two rail lines. Definitely inner city. Watch for this to slowly evolve into another crime ridden homeless camp. L.A., here we come!

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    • Some Guy April 28, 2018 at 8:18 am

      Thank you for your solutions-focused, insightful contribution. Without your cynicism, we might all be lost in celebratory anticipation of additional recreation resources close to town.

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      • Rain Waters April 30, 2018 at 8:20 am

        Cop vs skeebob paint ball arena

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    • SaferStreetsPlease April 28, 2018 at 3:25 pm

      Have you been there? Go there on a summer day and watch the kids on their mountain bikes. This is a clueless comment.

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    • bjorn April 28, 2018 at 4:20 pm

      Several other places including Seattle have seen the opposite. A facility like this can be key to reclaiming a space and keeping if free of needles and garbage.

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    • Toby Keith April 28, 2018 at 7:56 pm

      Mike I hope you are wrong. So much of the rest of the city gas been lost to vagrancy. Let’s hope this isn’t the case with Gateway Green.

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  • Allan Rudwick April 28, 2018 at 11:58 am

    from a transportation to/from the park perspective- would it make sense to have a ramp connect up to the NE Halsey bridge? I assume that eventually biking on that part of Halsey will be comfortable.

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  • Robert Alan Ping April 28, 2018 at 1:31 pm

    There will be a connection to the future Halsey bike facilities! The advisory committee requested it and the City was already planning to make that connection. The only planning issue has been how and where to connect to new facilities inside the park, since that area of the park is a rather large hill, and it is steep alongside it especially on the east side.

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    • paikiala April 29, 2018 at 11:13 am

      there is also a potential connection from the north end near Fremont and 105th:

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      • David Hampsten April 30, 2018 at 8:46 pm

        It’s listed in the 2012 EPIM as the “Gateway Green Parkrose Access” (under Trails T-1), 0.31 miles. When there are events, TriMet has previously granted access to event organizers to use the PWB gate, the ODOT I-84 bridge, and the UP tracks access road to move supplies and vehicles to the site. A permanent public pathway is technically possible, but a political challenge.

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  • Mike Quigley April 28, 2018 at 4:04 pm

    I especially like the I-205 Path Overlook. Enjoy inhaling exhaust fumes on a hot summer day while taking in the roar of a packed freeway and passing trains.

    Nothing wrong with the idea, but his thing is out of place. Definitely something straight outta inner city L.A.

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    • Mav April 28, 2018 at 4:57 pm

      Don’t go then, more of it for the rest of us ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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    • Chris April 28, 2018 at 9:42 pm

      Enjoy driving your car somewhere to go ride your bike. Thanks for being part of the problem.

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    • jered April 30, 2018 at 12:22 pm

      You need a hug bro?

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  • Buzz April 28, 2018 at 8:26 pm

    If you think you’ll get thirsty out there, bring your own water, ’cause Parks still doesn’t have a secure supply for the site.

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    • Rain Waters April 30, 2018 at 8:24 am

      If you put in a water supply, thirsty people will come. Some will stay just like humans have done forever. Other humans will find reasons to criminalize their basic needs and life goes on. . .

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  • Welsh Pete April 29, 2018 at 11:20 am

    Enjoy driving your car somewhere to go ride your bike. Thanks for being part of the problem.Recommended 1

    Its pretty easy to cycle here. Seems to be a lot of crying on here about a great facility.

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    • Paul April 29, 2018 at 7:17 pm

      Pretty sure the comment you replied to is actually agreeing with you.

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  • Paul G. April 29, 2018 at 9:32 pm

    Wonderful work this winter on the entry trail (called “The Spine” in those plans but that’s not the current name). Berns, bumps, a very challenging entry trail.

    I hope this continues to thrive and shows the city that MTB is widely popular and a great family activity. We need to find more small tucked in areas like this for trails.

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  • Coldswim April 30, 2018 at 9:30 am

    It’s good to see GG being successful. Has there been any thoughts to eventually somehow connect to the bottom of the cliff on Rocky Butte for some added single track mileage?

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    • Chris I April 30, 2018 at 9:48 am

      I know a MUP connection is planned at the south end that will wrap under I-205 to connect in with the neighborhood south of Rocky Butte. It would be fantastic if they could add a connection to Rocky Butte itself, along the west side of I-205.

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      • David Hampsten April 30, 2018 at 8:50 pm

        In East Portland during the early design phases of Gateway Green, several of us were advocating for a gondola like at Pill Hill, connecting Parkrose Heights to the park, then to Rocky Butte, with a gondola mast / observation tower within the park itself.

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  • jered April 30, 2018 at 12:21 pm

    I met up with some friends there last Thursday. One guy came from the west side via MAX, I pedaled there from Mississippi Ave area, 3 others pedaled from downtown. We rode from 7 till dark and then rode to the Lumberyard and had beers. It was a good time. I was surprised at how many people were using the park – super cool.

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