Working as a team, for more than two years, Ted Gilbert and Linda Robinson met with numerous individuals and groups to gage interest in and gain support for the Gateway Green project. In late 2007, they sought and received permission from ODOT to begin a more public process.
Ted and Linda identified and met with numerous stakeholder groups to identify their interests and seek their support for the project. Many of these stakeholders participated in a day-long Vision Charrette held in February 2008. David Evans and Associates assisted with this process and produced the Vision Plan in May 2008.
With the Vision Plan in hand, a Summit Meeting was convened with representatives from the key agencies involved, to talk about "next steps." There was consensus that this should be a collaboration between two or more of these agencies, plus a citizen's group to be called Friends of Gateway Green. Supporters were asked, at this time, to prepare a more detailed Bicycle Concept Plan.
When they learned of the request by Summit participants, to produce a more detailed Bicycle Concept Plan for the Gateway Green Project, several bicycle enthusiasts stepped up, volunteering to help plan a planning workshop and produce the Plan.
Oregon Solutions Designation
This designation, made by Governor Kulongoski's office in 2009, is a huge step forward for the project. Gateway Green is a citizen-initiated project with economic, environmental and community building objectives -- a project that will require collaboration between multiple levels of government, business and non-profits. As such, it clearly falls within the purview of the Oregon Solutions program.
Gateway Green Declaration of Cooperation
In a festive occasion at the Aloft Hotel at Cascade Station, more than twenty organizations, public and private, garther to sign a Declaration of Cooperation, agreeing to work together to make the Gateway Green project a reality. The signing of this document marked the conclusion of the initial process, but Oregon Solutions will continue to provide some facilitation and support services as the project moves forward.
Memorandum of Understanding between ODOT and PP&R
The project reached another important milestone on March 1, 2012, when Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) and Portland Parks and Recreation (PP&R) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), stating the intention of transferring about 25 acres of the site from ODOT to PP&R. The agreement outlines the process needed to make that happen, sets an acquisition price, and projected dates for completion.