The Process

Groups working at the Vision Workshop in February 2008 (photo courtesy of David Evans & Associates).

Tom Archer leading the workshop that led to the Bicycle Concept Plan in February 2009.

Grassroots Start

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.

The Vision Plan

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.

Summit Meetings

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.

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, was 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 outlinef the process needed to make that happen, set an acquisition price, and projected dates for completion.

Declaration of Cooperation

The Oregon Solutions process culiminated with the creation of a Declaration of Cooperation, signed by twenty-two stakeholder groups on December 10, 2010, with a signed commitment by each organization stating what they would do to help make Gateway Green a reality.

Update of Declaration of Cooperation

Two years later, as funding efforts got underway, Oregon Solutions again worked with the Friends of Gateway Green (FoGG) to update the Declaration of Cooperation. This time, forty groups signed on as stakeholders. The updated document was signed on December 10, 2012.

Crowd Funding Campaign

Realizing that additional design work was needed in order to seek major grant funds, the Friends group engaged in a crowd funding campaign through Indiegogo. The 35-day campaign was launched on September 5, 2013. When it ended five weeks later, the campaign had met and exceeded the goal of raising $100,000.

Schematic Design Process

With the funds generated by the crowdfunding campaign, FoGG contracted with David Evans & Associates, GreenWorks and IMBA (International Mountain Bycling Assocation to do additional design work on the proposed new park.

Transfer of the Property

In October 2014, the Portland Parks & Recreation closed on the purchase of the property from the Oregon Department of Transportation.