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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.

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(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 jonathan@bikeportland.org

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Edward
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Edward

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.

Mike Quigley
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Mike Quigley

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!

Allan Rudwick
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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.

Robert Alan Ping
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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.

Mike Quigley
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Mike Quigley

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.

Buzz
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Buzz

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.

Welsh Pete
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Welsh Pete

Chris
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.

Paul G.
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Paul G.

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.

Coldswim
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Coldswim

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?

jered
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jered

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.