What's now a narrow, weedy, unused 38-acre parcel at the confluence of Interstate 205 and I-84 in East Portland is a field of dreams for Linda Robinson and Ted Gilbert.
The story of the efforts to create a new park at the north end of the Gateway District continues to unfold. Efforts to turn 35 acres of underused publically-owned land that proponents say will one day become “Gateway Green” has continued to pick up momentum.
Relying on the vision, tenacity and collaborative skills he used to launch projects for affordable home ownership, rentals and an artist community, real estate developer Ted Gilbert is focused on bringing a regional bicycle park to Portland’s most “park deficient” region.
A hidden treasure sits right in East Portland: 38-acres of unused, partially wooded land at the confluence of I-84 and I-205. After years of grassroots support, followed by partnerships with government, private business and non-profit organizations, we have the opportunity to transform this asset into Gateway Green, a multi-use park that enhances our exciting, vibrant part of the city.
Nearly four years after we first reported on Gateway Green — a 35-acre, ODOT-owned parcel at the intersection of I-205 and I-84 that is slated to be developed for off-road bike riding and other recreational uses — the project has just entered a key negotiation phase.