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Here’s the amazing new pump track coming to Gateway Green

Posted by on October 14th, 2020 at 2:57 pm

Coming to Gateway Green. The asphalt means it will be rideable in winter.

Earlier this month we shared that a new pump track is coming to the Gateway Green bike park. Yesterday Portland Parks & Recreation made it official. And today we received a sneak peek at the plan drawings.

As you can see in the image above, we are in for quite a treat. According to a source the new track will be about 600 feet long and 15,000 square feet in size.

In a statement posted to Facebook yesterday, PP&R said they’ve reached an agreement with American Ramp Company (who will work with Velosolutions and Progressive Bike Ramps) to build the track.

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Here’s more from PP&R:

“The asphalt material will expand the cycling options for wet weather riding at the park… The pump track will be located in the area of the park commonly known as ‘The Hub’, and will be installed as part of the current Phase II improvements already underway. The new track will be around 580 feet in length, including a wooden wall ride. The track came about with the help and advocacy of longtime partners. Northwest Trail Alliance (NWTA) contributed significantly to this new feature, and we very much appreciate their assistance.”

The new pump track and the rest of the major upgrades are set to be completed by mid-November which is also when the park will re-open to the public. We can’t wait!

Parks also shared this cool aerial image that shows some of the new elements of the downhill section of the park (view is from NE Glisan looking north):

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Charley

This park is starting to look absolutely world class. There’s huge benefit to the community: I am so optimistic that the next generation of kids here will have one more great reason not to stay inside and be on their computers all the time. Wow. Well done, PBOT and NWTA!

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A long time coming…Special thanks to all involved for making this happen. I’ve watched GG from an idea to a reality. The Gateway Green project would never have become a reality had the “off road” cycling community not partnered with East Portland activists determined to use this space for the good of the community. Portland Parks and Recreation continues to fund and build these types of projects in East Portland. I hope the funding continues to flow east.
My concern is access to this facility will continue to be a challenge until our active transportation is safe for all, and accessible to all.

Matt
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Matt

Yes! Today, Gateway Green; tomorrow, Forest Park!

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maxD

This is amazing news and the park is looking like it is going to be amazing! I am concerned about accessibility to the park from the south. TriMet is building a new bike and pedestrian bridge with accessible grades to access the park and as accessible connection to the 205 path (because the existing route between Gateway transit and the park does not have accessible grades. Unfortunately, the accessible route will change to an inaccessible surface, gravel, at the north end of the bridge when it enters the park. This is being done to exclude what PP&R calls ‘fast bikes’ but it also puts an unfair burden on people with mobility devices, families with strollers, etc. Further, because this is a park, it will be closed at dusk and no lighting will be included which means the only accessible route to the I-205 path will also be in the dark. I think PP&R is really missing an opportunity to make this a park for all users. Even though it is primarily for mountain biking, the park should support the friends, families and anyone else who wants to visit. They are also missing an opportunity to commit to creating accessible routes at every opportunity. I acknowledge that thee are other sections of the 205 path with inaccessible grades, but if we don’t fix problems when the opportunity arises, we will never make progress. It is really not too late for PP&R to be convinced to pave the accessible route between the bridge and the 205 MUP and to include lighting along that stretch so the route can be used as the transportation link it is purporting to be.

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Curtiss

This looks great to bad Las Vegas & Henderson wont let any professionals build the pump tracks/dirt jumps here. Theres only 2 and they are TRAASSSHHHH!

Steve C
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Steve C

Does everything eventually just turn into a smoothed out jump line? Hopefully the single track in the wooded area doesn’t get the same IMBA skatepark treatment. Portland lacks single track, with only firelane 5 in FP and the small amount in GG. Maybe I’m being selfish, but this looks to be at the edge of my abilities to ride safely and I know many people who see this type of trail as beyond them. Fingers crossed there will be a longish loop of engaging and approachable trail available.

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The asphalt track will be great for all the wet weather we have. I’m wondering how well the berms and rollers will hold up on the south slope. No doubt work parties will be a common thing here. This is looking great, can’t wait to see the rest of the trails come together.