Gateway Green is one of Portland’s newest park acquisitions -- 25 acres of unused open space to be developed into a world-class recreation destination. Located in East Portland on the site of the former Rocky Butte Jail, Gateway Green will cultivate social equity, demonstrate innovative urban habitat restoration and energize local economic development.
Dirt Lab [noun] \dert\ᐧ \lab\:
A community crowdfunded project to develop mountain biking and hiking trails at Gateway Green, while improving enviromental quality at the park and encouraging civic and economic revitalization in East Portland.
Starting September 13, please contribute to our Dirt Lab @ Gateway Green crowdfunding campaign.
First, a brief history of Gateway Green. Back in 2013, we reached out to the community for financial assistance to fund a professionally designed park master plan -- a plan that would be beneficial in our work to secure major grant funds. It worked! In July 2014, Metro Council awarded us with a $1 million Nature in Neighbhorgood capital grant. That grant came with a 2:1 match challenge -- and we've been busy applying for grants to meet that goal.
Now, it's crunch time. The deadline to achieve our match is approaching quickly, and we need your help to get us over the top of our goal. With your donation, we can start construction on Dirt Lab as soon as this fall.
What is Dirt Lab? Exactly as it sounds, Dirt Lab is all of the foundational elements of Gateway Green. It's our neighborhood dirt pile, a dynamic unique space, a community driven project that is the starting point of Portland's first off-road cycling park. We'll build singletrail and jump trails, a pumptrack and a skills area to offer a range of cycling experiences to local and visiting riders. We'll hire professional builders to guide our development and engage the Portland riding community to volunteer their time and energy to build the cycling features.
Friends of Gateway Green
City of Portland
Oregon Department of Transportation, Region 1
Additional Project Team Members:
Northwest Trail Alliance
Central Northeast Neighbors
Oregon Parks and Recreation Department
Multnomah County, Jeff Cogen, Chair
Chris King Precision Components
Governor's Economic RevitalizationTeam
East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District
Mt. Hood Community College
Oregon Sports Authority
The Bike Gallery
Portland Bureau of Parks and Recreation
Portland Bureau of Transportation
Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability
Portland Mayor's Office
City of Maywood Park
David Evans and Associates
International Mountain Biking Association
Community Cycling Center
Eastminster Presbyterian Church
More about the project
At the confluence of two interstate freeways lies acres of undeveloped land. Once the site of Multnomah County's Rocky Butte Jail, this space was left empty and neglected after the construction of I-205. Rather than an island of overlooked land, we imagine an oasis of lush greenery, trails and enriching park amenities a short five-minute walk from the Gateway Regional Center.
Portland Parks and Recreation has purchased 25 acres for a future park at this location, and the Friends of Gateway Green is working to fundraise the first phase of development. Gateway Green will be a 25.27-acre open space and recreation area, as well as a working test site for green park infrastructure and innovation. Connected to Portland's famed 40 Mile Loop, Gateway Green will become a regional destination for locals, tourists, and green industry professionals.
Gateway Green's design will offer a sustainable recreation space for cyclists, hikers and children while helping to restore the natural habitat and demonstrate new green park technology.
The key goals of the proposed Gateway Green project are:
Open space, recreation and connectivity - connect neighborhoods to each other and to open space. Provide needed recreational opportunities with a strong focus on a variety of off-road cycling experiences.
Environmental quality - improve environmental quality and showcase new green park technologies.
Placemaking - develop a sense of place and identity for East Portland.
Economic development - promote investment in East Portland and economic development in Oregon, while providing a kick-start for the Gateway Regional Center.