North Portland Greenway story archives

Once completed, the North Portland Greenway path will connect Kelly Point Park at the tip of north Portland to the Eastbank Esplanade near the Steel Bridge via the Willamette River.

Take a tour of the future North Willamette Greenway Trail (video)

Posted on November 10th, 2010 at 2:48 pm.

Local filmmaker Dan Kaufman has released a new video that takes viewers on a trip along the future location of the North Willamette River Greenway Trail. In the video (below), you’ll join the advocates from non-profit group npGreenway who are working towards making the trail — that will eventually connect the Eastbank Esplanade at the Steel Bridge with Cathedral Park in St. Johns — a reality…

It’s an exciting project. Learn more at

Checking in on North Portland Greenway project: Open house is Monday

Posted on November 5th, 2010 at 12:37 pm.

Imagine when it goes all
the way to St. Johns!
(Photo: npGreenway)

Just about five years ago, a small group of Portlanders gathered for the first time to share an audacious vision — a dream to extend the Eastbank Esplanade north from the Steel Bridge to Cathedral Park in St. Johns. Since then, they’ve coalesced into npGreenway, a non-profit group that has matured right along with their project, turning what was once audacity into something that is closer to reality with each passing month.[Read more…]

Metro, City purchase land to build trail in Baltimore Woods

Posted on August 23rd, 2010 at 5:29 pm.

Baltimore Woods looking south
with St. Johns Bridge in the background.
(Photo: NPGreenway)

Metro and the City of Portland have collaborated to purchase six acres of land north of the St. Johns Bridge where they plan to extend the Willamette River Greenway Trail by over one-third mile. The $1.9 million purchase was made possible by Metro’s 2006 natural areas bond measure, the City of Portland’s Grey to Green initiative.

The land is an area known as Baltimore Woods and is located adjacent to N. Decatur Street at North Caitlin Avenue. A statement from Metro says the purchase will “help fill the gap between Cathedral and Pier parks.”
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Advocates celebrate a new path onto Swan Island

Posted on May 20th, 2010 at 3:12 pm.

Going Street Bridge to Swan Island-2

A Breakfast on the Bridge was held
Wednesday to celebrate the newly revamped
path on the Going Street Bridge.
(Photos © J. Maus)

Yesterday was a good day for Lenny Anderson. For a man well-known to local politicians and city employees as a persistently unsatisfied advocate, he was smiling and singing the Bureau of Transportation’s praises.

“I’ve got to give them credit, the city really came through this time.”

The reason for Anderson’s happiness (besides the presence of friends, coffee, and pastries) is an improved connection for biking and walking traffic to the Swan Island industrial area on its main artery, N. Going Street. [Read more…]

‘Bi-State Regional Trails System Plan’ will be unveiled Friday

Posted on April 6th, 2010 at 4:49 pm.

Detail of trail system plan. View larger version here.

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River Plan hearing a big moment for Greenway Trail backers

Posted on February 17th, 2010 at 2:35 pm.

Freightliner and Swan Island

Looking south at start of “Cement Road”
connection between Swan Island
and Lower Albina.
(Photo © J. Maus)

Tonight at 6:00 pm the Portland City Council will host a hearing and vote on the River Plan/North Reach project. The plan includes the first update to the alignment of the North Willamette Greenway Trail in over three decades.

The North Willamette Greenway Trail would connect the Eastbank Esplanade to Cathedral Park in St. Johns with a biking and walking path along the river. The project is still in the planning stages, but supporters of the trail — including the newly formed Swan Island Bike Commuters Group and the established non-profit NP Greenway — say inclusion of the trail in the River Plan is a major step forward. [Read more…]

Greenway Trail gets boost from The Oregonian; but it needs more

Posted on November 19th, 2009 at 10:52 am.

Riding along the river on what
should be a fully connected and
developed trail.
(Photo © J. Maus)

The North Portland Greenway Trail is on the cover of the “InPortland” section of The Oregonian today. The exposure for the project is an important boost to the project — whose backers need more political support to make it a reality.

The story lays out how the trail has made some small steps of progress, but that its actual construction is still far off (the advocacy effort behind the trail is already four years old):

“Even its lead advocate, however, sets 10 years as an optimistic timetable for the Greenway to receive funding and be fully constructed.”

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Workshop will focus on North Portland Greenway trail design

Posted on October 14th, 2009 at 12:27 pm.

Bike Fashion Show_ride and afterparty-73

Riders pass newly dedicated public
art on an existing piece of
Willamette Greenway Trail.
(Photo © J. Maus)

Volunteer planners working on the the North Portland Greenway Trail will host a design workshop this weekend. The trail, which was first envisioned back in 2005 and won a $448,000 planning study grant from Metro back in March, will someday connect Cathedral Park in St. Johns with the Eastbank Esplanade near the Steel Bridge.

Saturday’s design workshop is being organized by Kelly Rogers, a freelance consultant who specializes in sustainable city planning. Rogers is a volunteer on the project and says the event is a way for them to get the community excited about the trail and come up with creative design solutions.
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Willamette Greenway Trail gets boost from Metro

Posted on March 5th, 2009 at 12:17 pm.

Once built, the trail would
connect St. Johns to the
Steel Bridge.

The Willamette Greenway Trail project, that would connect the Eastbank Esplanade at the Steel Bridge with Cathedral Park in St. Johns, was approved for $444,800 in funding by Metro this morning.

The funds, awarded as part of $68 million available in “Regional Flexible Funds” through the Metropolitan Transportation Improvement Program (MTIP), will go toward a planning study. According to a Metro summary of the project:

“…The study will focus on sites that have challenging topographic and land ownership issues. The project also involves an update of previous budgets and potential phasing of design and construction.”

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Riverfront land purchase seen as “new era” for future trail

Posted on December 19th, 2008 at 11:20 am.

The University of Portland has just acquired the property outlined in yellow. Supporters of a transportation trail along the river see this as a major step forward.
(Image courtesy U of P)

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