For the first time ever, Friends of Gateway Green was selected as one of the nonprofits to participate in the Willamette Week's Give!Guide.
What’s Give!Guide? Willamette Week’s Give!Guide is an annual print and online publication intended to encourage year-end charitable giving by showcasing local nonprofit organizations of all types and sizes.
The focus is on encouraging those 35 and under to be philanthropic. But those of us well past 35, it's an easy way to contribute to several of our favorite local nonprofits. all in one easy process.
Give!Guide offers many incentives for contributions. All donors who give at least $10 at any time during Give!Guide season earn an incentive, typically free or discounted items from local businesses. But what Give!Guide is especially known for is their “Big Give” days: predetermined days during which any donor who makes a gift of at least $10 that day has an opportunity to be chosen at random to win a special incentive prize.
Plus, FoGG is offering our own incentives to thank and encourage giving: weekly drawings and a grand prize drawing at the end of the campaign for prizes donated by The Lumberyard indoor bike park. Watch for details.
The campaign launches on Tuesday, November 3rd and runs through the end of the year.
We hope that you will share this wonderful opportunity with all your friends and family, especially those under 35. Encourage them to check out all the amazing nonprofits participating in Give!Guide. Most important, tell them why you believe in Friends of Gateway Green! Thank you!
It's official -- the City of Portland has approved a $250,000 line item in the 2015-16 budget for Gateway Green!
The funds will provide needed match funds for the $1 million Metro NIN Capital Grant awarded last summer (but not available until the match is raised). It will also enable us to complete the design work..
Board members Linda Robinson and Ted Gilbert tabled for Gateway Green at Metro's annual Trail Fair, a free event -- open to the public -- which was held at the Oregon Convention Center on the opening day of the International Trails Symposium.
As usual, many individuals are excited about the future park at Gateway Green.
On Wednesday, Linda participated on a panel discussion titled "Trails for Diverse Communities: Planning, Design and Advocacy for All".
Tom Archer participated in a workshop put on by the Professional Trail Builders Association: "Modern Mountain Biking Facilities Development". This two-day workshop, led by two of the country's leading mountain bike facility planner-designers, spent several hours at Gateway Green on Wednesday afternoon. Ross Swanson, Project Manager with Portland Parks & Recreation also participated in the workshop.
The Friends of Gateway Green presents Community Cross – a family friendly cyclocross exhibition race for all ages and abilities! Please join us in celebrating and support Portland's first recreational bike park in the making!
On-site registration will begin at 9 AM. $20 race entry donation supports the Build Gateway Green capital campaign. Exhibition racers are eligible for raffle prizes regardless of race finishing placement. Non-racers may also purchase raffle tickets for $20.
The day's schedule:
9:00 AM - Registration begins
10:00 AM - Welcome Announcement
10:10 AM - Kiddie Cross opens (remains open throughout the day)
10:10 AM - Men's C (45 min)
11:05 AM - Men's B (45 min)
12:00 PM - Women's B & C and Juniors (45 min)
12:55 PM - Women's A (60 min)
2:05 PM - Men's A (60 min)
3:15 PM - Single Speed (45 min)
Please consider riding your bike or taking transit to the event. Parking is available at The Oregon Clinic (1111 NE 99th Ave). Community Cross will be set up approximately .25 miles north of the Gateway/NE 99th Ave TC MAX station.
The Friends of Gateway would like to thank the follow companies for their generous donations to support Community Cross!
Friends of Gateway Green has received several donations since the Indiegogo campaign ended. Many thanks to the following individuals and organizations for your generous contributons:
-- Boeing (employee match)
-- Fat Tire Farm
-- Friends of Mt Tabor Park
-- Jerry & Constance Mason
-- Madison South Neighborhood Association
-- Mary Stine
-- Microsoft (employee match)
-- Parkrose Neighborhood Association
-- Portfolio 21 Investments Inc
-- Precision Cast Parts
-- Stanley & Suzanne Penkin
-- Woodland Park Neighborhood Association
The 33 days of the Gateway Green crowdfund have come to a close, and the results are:
756 donors contributed $123,880. Since the official completion date, some substantial contributions have continued to show up in our Gateway Green mailbox – PO Box 16692, Portland, OR 97292.
In the history of the portal Indiegogo, there have been 5,238 crowdfunds for community projects. This one ranks #5. My colleague, Linda Robinson, says that she knew it would work. In all candor, I had no idea if people would participate.
What I find particularly gratifying is the depth and breadth of support: from a woman in Nairobi, Kenya, to the students of an elementary school who conducted a penny drive; from East Portland neighborhood associations to an international company like Coca-Cola. The money will allow us to turn our master plan into the detailed schematic designs needed for building permits. The number and enthusiasm of you supporters may mean even more.
* We take a deep breath, then start on the design. There will be a number of opportunities for supporters to participate and provide ideas for the cycling and spectator elements, the children’s nature play area, the habitat restoration, the sustainability features, and the picnic area.
* The actual transfer of the property from ODOT to the City of Portland is projected for the first of next year. This in itself is probably reason for a celebration of some sort!
* We get to work on applications for some grants which could, if approved, provide much of the capital for construction.
Please know that your support—small and large—means a lot. Even after 8 years, we have much to do to bring Gateway Green to East Portland and our region. However, your response to this crowdfund has provided an invaluable boost.
Tuesday, October 1, 2013
Both the Portland City Council and the Multnomah County Commission have declared October 1, 2013 to be "Build Gateway Green Day".
Happy Hour Celebration
Join us on Tuesday, October 1, from 4:00 to 6:00 pm, for a happy hour celebration at Hopworks Urban Brewery at 2944 SE Powell Blvd. The Build Gateway Green campaign team and members of the Friends of Gateway Green will be there to enjoy the park's day.
Coca-Cola Pledges $25,000 Matching Grant to Friends of Gateway Green’s Crowdfunding Effort
Friends of Gateway Green, Portland Parks Foundation and Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) are joining forces with the Coca-Cola Company to help build Gateway Green through a $25,000 challenge.
Tuesday, October 1 kicks-off the final phase of the Gateway Green crowdfunding campaign, which concludes on Monday, October 7 at 11:00 pm. The effort challenges cyclists, park lovers and anyone wanting to make an impact to join the effort by making contributions on the Indiegogo crowdfunding site.
For each donation made towards building Gateway Green, Coca-Cola will provide a two-to-one match, up to a total of $25,000. A $50 donation, for example, will result in a $100 match from Coca-Cola.
Gateway Green’s initial fundraising goal of $100,000 will allow the project to secure necessary design and architecture work to make this project a reality.
Some big news on Friday, September 27! Kaiser Permanente presented the Friends of Gateway Green with a check for $10,000 towards the Build Gateway Green campaign as Kaisesr gets closer to opening the Gateway Office just blocks away. Members of Kaiser and Friends of Gateway Green Board members Tom Archer, Linda Robinson and Ted Gilbert at Outer Rim Bicycle Shop (another great Gateway area business!) for the presentation.
The Friends of Gateway Green are thrilled to welcome this great partner to our neighborhood and are looking forward to the day that Kasier clinic staff spend their lunch breaks out on Gateway Green trails! Thanks for joining us in promoting healthy activities and great recreational activities in East Portland.
Thanks to representatives from Portland City Commissioners Amanda Fritz and Steve Novick who said some lovely words of support!
Wednesday, October 2, 2013
4:00 to 7:00 pm
1111 NE 102nd Ave, Suite F (in the same building as the Gateway Fred Meyer)
The design workshop will be held at the Gateway EcoDistrict Office in the Gateway Shopping Center. The address is 1111 NE 102nd Ave, Suite F, which is a store front office just to the left (south) of the main entrance to the Gateway Fred Meyer -- on the 102nd Avenue side of the building. The Gateway Green Design Team will all be there, and most of the Friends of Gateway Green Board members. The Design team is comprised of Gill Williams from David Evans & Associates, Mike Faha from GreenWorks, and Chris Bernhardt from IMBA (International Mountain Bicycling Association). They'll have maps and aerial photos of the Gateway Green site showing the concept plans developed earlier. There will also be lots of visuals showing more specific features that might be included in the park when developed -- and an opportunity for you to indicate which ones you prefer. Attendees will be encouraged to share any other ideas they have as well. The format is set up so participants don't need to be there the whole time -- and they won't have to sit through a long, boring presentation either. Light refreshments will be provided. Please join us for this important planning event -- and tell your friends about it, too.
Here is your chance to help design Gateway Green -- at Oregon's Kitchen Table.
As we start the next round of planning, we need to hear from you about what trails are important, when you'll use the park, if you'll bring your dog or kid (or both), and more.
It takes a couple minutes to sign up and just a few minutes to complete the survey. Do it now! [The survey closes on Friday, August 16.]
For more information, contact Sarah at Oregon Solutions (sarahgiles [at] pdx [dot] edu or 503-725-5248).