Mountain Bikers in Portland, Oregon have access to lots of sweet riding spots— provided you don’t mind driving an hour in any direction. When it comes to local trail riding opportunities though, the options are sorely limited.
Local bike advocates hope to change that, and have identified a space in East Portland with 38 Acres of unused space. Titled the Gateway Green Project, it’s easily accessible by bike, car or train, and has the potential to be an amazing local destination for recreation. The project has been stewing for years now, and it looks like it has some serious forward momentum going.
The new park promises to be an invaluable resource for Portland cyclists and the region. Although plans aren’t finalized, the park will likely include singletrack, gravity, BMX and cyclocross elements. There have been many recent developments (including the imminent purchase of the property by the City of Portland) and at this point all they’re lacking is financial support from the community.
They need money for the final phase of design work, and have launched a Kickstart-like crowdfunding campaign to raise $100k to clear this final hurdle.