Friends of Gateway Green

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Mission Statement

To promote the transformation of an under-used, neglected, publicly-owned property into a regional asset that provides open space and recreational opportunities, and improved access to both, while demonstrating Portland's and Oregon's commitment to sustainability -- and to participate in the operation and management of the site, once developed.

Description

This community-initiated project in Portland, Oregon, started in 2005 -- to convert about 20 acres of under-used right-of-way into a park -- in a part of the city htat is inhabited by many people of color, low-income residents, and recent immigrants AND that is extremely park deficient. The first decade of work focused on acquisition of the land (Portland Parks & Recreation purchased it from the Oregon Department of Transportation) and fundraising. Phase 1 construction was completed in June 2017; Phase 2 construction started in March 2020. The park development includes enhancement of a 10-acre wooded area. Because the property is land-locked (between two interstate highways), one of the challenges has been to provide access for emergency vehicles and construction/maintenance vehicles. Park users access the park by foot or by bike via a major multi-use trail that forms one boundary of the park.

Program Details

At this time, we are working with Portland Parks & Recreation and other partners to develope most of the park., with a goal of re-opening the park by the end of 2020. This includes working with the local transit authority to incorporate fire truck and ambulance access to the park while they are constructing a new light rail overpass at the south end of the park. We are also fundraising to build a second pumptrack where young children can learn bike handling skills in a safe, fun setting. Once the park is ready for use, there will be opportunities (lessons and free riding) to hone bike skills, running events, environmental education, nature art classes and more.
Primary Issue
Water
Address
P O Box 16692
Portland, OR 97292
United States
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