Gateway Green is one of Portland’s newest park acquisitions -- 25 acres of unused open space developed into a world-class recreation destination. Located in East Portland on the site of the former Rocky Butte Jail, Gateway Green cultivates social equity, demonstrates innovative urban habitat restoration and energizes local economic development.
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At the confluence of two interstate freeways were 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 imagined an oasis of lush greenery, trails and enriching park amenities a short five-minute walk from the Gateway Regional Center.
Portland Parks & Recreation purchased 25 acres for a park at this location, and the Friends of Gateway Green fundraised for its development. Gateway Green is 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 is a regional destination for locals, tourists, and green industry professionals.
Gateway Green's design offers 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.