In addition to providing valuable active recreation, Gateway Green will be a place where park visitors can observe and enjoy nature.
More than ten acres of woods on the site will be enhanced to improve the habitat value. Trees, shrubs and ground covers will be added throughout the site, creating additional habitat nodes. This will entice more urban wildlife to visit the park for your viewing pleasure.
Interpretative signage about the site’s habitat enhancement, stormwater management, the volcanic origins of Rocky Butte and the effects of the ice age floods will provide passive environmental education opportunities. Area schools and nonprofit groups will be encouraged to use the site for environmental field trips. A field shelter will be built for picnicking and to provide a gathering space for classes and other groups.
Stewardship is an ethic that embodies the responsible planning and management of resources. There will be ample opportunities for park supporters to get involved with hands-on activities that will protect and maintain the natural elements of the park.