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Gateway Green’s new pump track is open for business

Posted by on November 27th, 2020 at 9:20 am

Crowds at the Gateway Green pump track on Thursday.
(Photos: Gabriel Tiller)

The long-awaited pump track and other major upgrades at Gateway Green are finally open. After weeks of anticipation and vague promises about an opening date, BikePortland got official word of the “soft opening” from Portland Parks and Recreation on Wednesday.

Crews began the $5.75 million Phase 2 build-out back in March and volunteer work parties organized by Northwest Trail Alliance have helped bring the changes to fruition. When Gateway Green opened in June 2017 it was still largely undeveloped. There were no paved surfaces, no restrooms, no water, no ADA access, no official entrance, and limited riding opportunities.

The new construction has added many exciting features: There’s an entrance off the I-205 path that welcomes visitors to a grassy play and picnic area, a new adaptive cycling/ADA trail loop, improved singletrack options, a major new downhill flow/jump line built into the hill on the southern end, a new pump track, and more.

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The magic of a good pump track is that they are fun for a wide range of ages and skill levels.
(Photo: Gabriel Tiller)

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With winter rain making much of the unpaved sections off-limits (riding muddy/saturated trails is a big no-no!), all attention was on the new asphalt pump track. With a holiday weekend upon us and the official blessing from Parks, a healthy crowd turned out on Thanksgiving Day.

Portlander and Oregon Timber Trail Alliance Director Gabriel Tiller was there and shared these photos with us. It’s great to see so many people enjoying this new park! Huge thanks to Portland Parks, NW Trail Alliance, Friends of Gateway Green and all the volunteers who worked to make this a reality.

Head on over and give the pump track a try. The park is located off the I-205 path just north of the Gateway Transit Center MAX Station. You can access it from the north via Maywood Park or the south via the Gateway Shopping Center. Stay tuned for more coverage.

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David Hampsten
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David Hampsten

Impressive helmets on the kids!

Ryan
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Ryan

Looks like fun! Have always wanted to try one. May have to take a detour home one of these days and check it out 🙂

Brian
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Brian

Stopped by on a road ride yesterday and the park was buzzing with people. Tons of smiles. Can’t wait to ride it, especially the new dual slalom jumplines!

Bobcycle
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Bobcycle

Yayyyy! So good. Thanks to all that made this happen.

Lance
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Lance

We stopped by and it was so much fun. One request for everyone else, please where your mask or stay away from the park. It isn’t fair to everyone else there.

bjorn
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bjorn

I rode by today and there were so many people parked in Maywood Park and the park was very crowded with a lot of folks not wearing masks. The city should probably be limiting the number of people using it at any one time.

Asher Atkinson
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Asher Atkinson

I rode by late this afternoon and was impressed by how many were there. I hope the Friends Of Gateway Green gets lots of support and that the Halsey 205 under-crossing happens eventually.

Matt
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Matt

So the plan illustration on the article from October showed two large wooden wallrides. Anybody know if these are still going to be added at a later date?

Pascual Perrin
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Pascual Perrin

Looks cool! Just be careful when it’s not so busy as there is lots of drug activity in the area. Last time I was there I saw someone “shooting up” out in the open a few feet from the bike trail. Huge homeless camp adjacent to it. I personally would not let kids go there alone. I doubt there will be any law enforcement patrols as Portlanders thinks public safety is racist and we have cut the police budget. Remember the new Portland motto: “THE CITY THAT ENABLES”. Stay safe and ride on!

Derh
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Derh

Is there an OFFICIAL flow or direction for the black asphalt / red striped pump track? It seems fairly random to me. No arrows. Didn’t see any sign posted explaining rules or mandatory riding direction. Do the red stripes serve as an indicator? Did I miss something?
Had an overgrown adult brat / stink bug barking at my kid (and everyone else for that matter) “You’re going the wrong way!” “Whose kid is this?” “Blah, blah, blah!”
Everyone else seemed to be riding any / all directions & combinations of routes… and coexisting just fine riding around each other.
I told my kid as long as they were taking turns in the line-up to nevermind the grump & have fun. Bums me out that an “adult” acts like a spoiled brat in front of children.
We had fun anyway & will be going back again… and again… and again!

EricIvy
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I checked it out on Friday and enjoyed the single-track additions. It was also somehow much more dry than the sunnier “flow” course on the hill. Must be drainage differences. Couldn’t even get on the pump track as there were way too many people. Wish this would have happened years ago, but glad it finally did