It’s crunch time, and Dirt Lab at Gateway Green needs you! Three years ago, the community got this project started by funding plans and design work. Now, if you can help put us over the top, we can break ground this fall!
Dirt Lab is a community crowdfunded project to develop mountain biking and hiking trails at Gateway Green, while improving environmental quality at the park and encouraging civic and economic revitalization in East Portland.
Gateway Green is located between I-205 (to the west) and I-84 (to the east) in East Portland’s Gateway area (NE Halsey Street is at the southern edge). If you’ve ever taken the MAX from the airport towards downtown Portland, you’ve passed right by this area. It 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! This is our chance to transform a long fallow parcel of public right of way into a regional recreation destination!
Additional information on Gateway Green may be found here.
A few years ago, generous community members came together to fund the designs which were needed to obtain building permits and public funding for the whole park. Due to the demonstrated support from hundreds of people, Metro awarded Gateway Green a $1 million matching grant; now we need to finish raising the funds to meet the match so we can start building.
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.
Northwest Trail Alliance
P.O. Box 1846
Portland OR 97207