Connecting Bikeways in East Portland

Courtesy of Gateway Green website

Courtesy of Gateway Green website

Do you live or ride through the East Portland Gateway Neighborhood? If so, we have a great opportunity for you to get involved with our friends at Friends of Gateway Green.

Gateway Green is a a 38-acre plot of unused, partially wooded land in East Portland, where I-84 and I-205 come together. After years of grassroots efforts and partnerships with local, regional, and state government as well as the private and non-profit sectors, there is an opportunity to transform this neglected asset into a multi-use park, with a focus on off-road bicycling. If these community groups, citizens, and others can raise the funds to build the park, the City of Portland has agreed to own and operate it.

Gateway Green is looking for input from community members and greenway users through Oregon’s Kitchen Table, to share your dreams and ideas for this new East Portland park. Oregon’s Kitchen Table is a project of the College of Urban and Public Affairs at Portland State University, and was created by a group of non-partisan, non-profit community organizations dedicated to helping Oregonians have a voice.

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Surveying the proposed park. Courtesy of Gateway Green website

The project will begin crowdfunding this September to raise money for the project, so now is your chance to give your input on the next round of design to make the best use of Gateway Green. The responses you provide will be compiled and provided to the design team to inform their work in anticipation of seeking large construction grants for the property.

Once you sign up for Oregon’s Kitchen Table, you will be asked to share your opinion about both biking and non-biking features you’d like to see in Gateway Green.

So pull up a chair at Oregon’s Kitchen Table and join the conversation about this great asset. The consultation will remain open until August 16, 2013.

This project is aligned with BTA’s goals for greenway expansion in East Portland. To learn more about BTA’s project goals and vision for the region check out our Blueprint for World Class Bicycling.

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