Powell Butte open house tonight: Weigh in on future of trails

Buffered Bike Lane with a bike symbol and arrow pointing forward

“We are not opposed to expanding the wildlife area, but feel strongly Pioneer Orchard trail should remain open.”
— Tom Archer, director of advocacy for the Northwest Trail Alliance

The Portland Parks and Recreation Bureau will hold a public open house tonight to unveil a new trail plan for Powell Butte Nature Park. Off-road cycling advocates are concerned that one of the proposed concepts on the table expands the wildlife area and closes a popular riding trail.

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The time is now to comment on new trails at Powell Butte

Buffered Bike Lane with a bike symbol and arrow pointing forward

Powell Butte could become a
nicer place to ride.
(Graphic: City of Portland)

The Portland Water Bureau is constructing a second reservoir at Powell Butte Nature Park and the project comes with an exciting opportunity to improve the park’s off-road trail network.

The 600-plus acre extinct cinder cone in outer southeast Portland already allows multiple uses — including mountain biking — on about nine miles of trails, but Cecily Norris, a regional representative with the Northwest Trail Alliance (NWTA) says this project gives the community a chance to vastly improve those trails. Norris sits on the 11-member advisory committee that is helping the Water Bureau decide on what the renovated park will look like.

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