We are so excited about the Gateway Green project to bring outdoor recreation, including mt. bike trails, to a large unused swath of land where I-205 and I-84 intersect. We’ll be bringing you updates along the way.
Time to Build
It’s crunch time! Dirt Lab at Gateway Green needs you! Three years ago, the community got the Gateway Green project started by funding plans and design work. Now, if you can help put us over the top, we can break ground this fall to have mt. bike trails in Portland.
What is Gateway Green and Dirt Lab
Dirt Lab is a community crowdfunded project to develop mountain biking and hiking trails at Gateway Green, an open swath of land between I-205 and I-84 in East Portland. This project will improve environmental quality at the park and will certainly encourage much-needed civic and economic revitalization in East Portland.
If you’ve ever taken the MAX from the airport towards downtown Portland, you’ve passed right by this currently wide open area. The land was once part of Multnomah County’s Rocky Butte Jail property, and now lies fallow and unused, but we’re getting ready to build a multi-use park with unique mountain bike features. Now is our chance to transform a parcel of public right of way into a regional recreation destination.
A few years ago, generous community members came together to fund the initial designs needed to obtain building permits and public funding for the whole park. Thanks to the demonstrated support from hundreds of enthusiastic people, Metro awarded Gateway Green an impressive $1 million matching grant; now we need to finish raising the funds to meet the match so we can start building.
Building a Much-Needed Park
Your donation to this crowdfund will catalyze construction of off-road bicycle trails and a skills area this fall, while helping us meet our match. So, every dollar also builds natural areas, walking and hiking paths, nature play areas, and provides a places for bike camps and environmental education for kids of all ages and cultures. East Portland is one of the most diverse of our neighborhoods, and is attracting families of all ages and cultures. It is also one of the most park deficient areas in Portland. Gateway Green will improve access to parks, nature, and activities to keep our community physically, socially, and environmentally healthy and vibrant.
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Make a Donation
You can securely and easily make a donation to Gateway Green through their website.