Historical Background & Context


Rocky Butte (from NE Halsey overpass)

The site has numerous restoration & enhancement opportunities.

Located in the Gateway District, this 35-acre piece of property is Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) right-of-way at the confluence of two interstate freeways, I-84 and I-205. Once part of Multnomah County's Rocky Butte Jail property, the area was left an island with the construction of I-205, cut off from Rocky Butte and from nearby neighborhoods.

The two themes emphasized for Gateway Green are bicycle recreation and sustainability (wind, solar, water, air); the latter to be in a highly visible, iconic fashion. 

The design and use of Gateway Green is intended to provide much-needed open space in a part of Portland documented to be very park deficient -- and to reconnect east Portland neighborhoods with Rocky Butte.  In addition, the proposed project is intended to create a one-of-a-kind public tourism asset where events can be held which will help fill the approximately 2,000 hotel rooms which now exist around NE Airport Way. 

Further, this site is envisioned to be accessed by the Sullivan’s Gulch Trail, a 7-mile-long bike and pedestrian trail running east from the Eastbank Esplanade to Gateway and farther east.  Currently, ODOT, Oregon State Parks, Metro, Portland Parks and Recreation, Gateway Program Advisory Committee, and private supporters are working to make both Sullivan’s Gulch Corridor Trail and Gateway Green realities.