Events | Jun 12, 2017
Everyone is welcome to join us in Gathering at Gateway Green -Featuring the Dirt Lab- presented by TriMet on Saturday, June 24, 11am-4pm! We are so excited to finally be opening the first portion of the park, the newly completed mountain biking trails, aka the Dirt Lab. This is the first phase in making Gateway Green a one-of-a-kind recreation area in East Portland to serve our entire region. Come ride your bike, make new friends, learn something new, eat some delicious food, and win cool prizes! Not into biking? No problem! There will be plenty of non-biking activities throughout the day to take part in as well. Check out the directions, the day’s activities and need-to-know information below.
Access & How To Get There:
Entrance to the park is ONLY located via the I-205 Multiuse Path through the Gateway Transit Center. Arriving by bike and public transit is the prefered method of arrival. The park is located in between I-84 and I-205 freeways, and approximately ¼ mile north from the Gateway Transit Center. There is a long sloping grade along the I-205 Multiuse Path into the park.
By bike: Take the I-205 Multiuse trail north, past the Gateway Transit Center. Some bike parking will be available. There will be parking for road bikes at the north (25 spots) and south (25 spots) entrance gates for those wishing to commute to the park, but not ride the dirt trails. There will also be some bike parking at the Main Gate (50 spots).
By public transit: Take the MAX or Bus to Gateway Transit Center. Walk North (turn right when entering path) along I-205 Multiuse path. Follow signs to event.
By car: There will be parking available in the Gateway Transit Center parking structure and overflow lot, as well as some on street parking all available on a first come, first served basis. Please DO NOT park north of Gateway Green in the Maywood Park neighborhood or in local business’ parking lots around the Gateway Transit Center.
At full build-out, many features at Gateway Green will be accessible to nearly everyone, including the restroom. However, the park is only partially completed at this time—and those with physical impairments may find the terrain very difficult to navigate. While there will be at least one portable toilet that ls ADA accessible, most of the paths and the main gathering area are covered with loose gravel. It is important to note the I-205 Multiuse path grade from the Gateway Transit Center to the park is not up to ADA standards.
Food & Beer Vendors:
Taco Pedaler: Serving delicious tacos from 11-3pm
Prices range: $7-10
The Street Dogos: Serving Sonora style hot dogs and tortas from 11-4pm
Prices range: $3-8
Velo Cult Beer Garden: Serving a variety of beer for those 21 and older.
Prices range: $5+
Gateway Game Card:
Upon entry receive your FREE Gateway Game Card (500 available). To play, simply visit each participating booth to fill in the missing information. Once complete, drop off in one of our many prize baskets for a chance to win that prize! Drawings will be held after the event.
We will have funny clowns, Olive and Dingo, performing balloon art and fun tricks!
Relax and visit Dragon Theater’s puppet show of “The Home Grown Heroes” - A villain known as “The Bad Idea” has a bad idea. He wants to stop the world from having creative minds. However, a band of home grown heroes, created by a green thumb loving scientist, team up to fight back. The heroes must work together to stop him!”
Showtimes: “The Home Grown Heroes” 12:00pm
“The Home Grown Heroes” 2:00pm
Children’s Obstacle Course:
Try out your speed and skills with our obstacle course! (non-biking)
Free Play Area:
Use your imagination in our free play area. Childcare is NOT provided. There will be a couple volunteers roaming the area to assist in creative play.
Free Bike Rentals and Safety Lessons:
Don’t own a bike, but still want to ride the course? We will have bike rentals available as well as first time bike riding lessons, bike safety, and expert mountain biking demonstrations.
Want to learn about native plants and PNW habitat? Go on a tree walk around Gateway Green, hosted by Portland Parks and Rec’s Urban Forestry Team, to learn about native species. Walks will start at the Urban Forestry tent and will take about an hour.
Tree Walk Start Times: 12:00pm, 2:30pm
Nature Crafting Course:
Love nature and crafts? Sign up to take a FREE ivy basket weaving and/or sandal making course hosted by Rewild Oregon. Pre-registration is required to attend course. Sign up here: Free Nature Crafting Course For more information check out their Facebook Page here: Rewild Portland Facebook
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony:
Don’t miss the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to celebrate the opening of the Dirt Lab! The ceremony will take place at the stage.
Ceremony Start Time: 1:30pm
Relax in our beer garden or seating area and listen to live music or participate in our community drum circle, led by Aaron Nigel Smith. Live music starts after the ribbon cutting ceremony.
Aaron Nigel Smith Drum Circle: 12:00 - 1:00
Julie and the Wayves: 2:00 - 4:00
Want to test your balancing skills? Northwest Outward Bound School will be hosting a slackline for those looking for a challenge.
Have a question about something? Minor injury? Lost an item? Locate one of our many volunteers wearing a bright orange vest and volunteer button, or visit our Information/First-Aid Booth located at the Main Gate.
Because this is a completely outdoor event, we highly recommend you wear sunscreen and protective sun gear. Of course, this being beautiful Oregon, please dress appropriately for the weather. We will have a water station, but recommend bringing your own water bottle, as there is no running water available on site. Rain or shine the event will go on!