• Swan Island view from the Waud Bluff Trail

    Swan Island view from Waud Bluff Trail

See 2015 Vision Map linked in Footer.

Imagine a 10-mile trail …

from the east end of the Steel Bridge to the confluence of the Willamette and Columbia Rivers. The npGREENWAY is a growing trail system linking North Portland neighborhoods with the Willamette River for recreation and access to jobs.

This is a long-term project with many components supported by volunteers, sponsors, neighborhood organizations, local government and private business.

The entire North Portland Greenway trail is divided into 5 segments, each with it’s own challenges.  Here is a table of the segments:  npGreenwayTrailSegments

Your donations will help npGreenway volunteers advocate for the completion of the North Portland Greenway Trail.

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After budget scare, Portland Parks says they’re committed to carfree bridge over Columbia Blvd

Back in November 2023, trail advocates were dismayed to learn that Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) claimed a $3-4 million funding shortfall meant they could only build a standard, at-grade crossing to get trail users over the busy, high-speed, industrial truck traffic on Columbia Blvd. The bridge had been planned for years, much of the funding had been secured, and design was well underway when the announcement was made.

The official shift in stance came via the City of Portland’s Freight Advisory Committee meeting on Thursday, February 1st. Portland Bureau of Transportation Resources Manager Mark Lear told committee members he talked to PP&R Trail Planning Manager Brett Horner and learned that he was “feeling pretty positive about a grant they’re going to apply for.”

After budget scare, Parks says they’re committed to carfree bridge over Columbia Blvd – BikePortland

A Once-Polluted Stretch of Riverfront…

(adapted from the Willamette Week April 10, 2024)

The npGreenway proposed trail runs through the University of Portland lower campus to Cathedral Park right along the Willamette River.  The University of Portland revived their parcel of land, installing new athletic facilities and building out their portion of the Greenway trail. And just downstream where the proposed Greenway trail runs, the regional government Metro is moving toward activating another stretch of the Willamette River’s industrial past at Willamette Cove. But tucked between those two parcels, the McCormick & Baxter site has lain unused, year after year.  This proposed section of the Greenway trail has been inaccessible for years…

A Once-Polluted Stretch of Riverfront Has Been Clean for Nearly 20 Years. Why Is It Still Off-Limits? (wweek.com)

Willamette Cove cleanup and future nature park

Learn how Metro and the Port of Portland are cleaning up the land at Willamette Cove and weigh in on the design of the future nature park (survey closes Friday May 10, 2024).  Willamette Cove cleanup and future nature park | Metro (oregonmetro.gov)

Survey link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Z65RRT6

Greenway trail completed on the University of Portland lower campus

University of Portland recently completed the section of the npGreenway trail that runs through the new lower campus.

The trail is also a very exciting addition to River Campus, giving students the opportunity to walk alongside the Willamette with a sprawling view of Forest Park.

“I walk out to my car every evening and I just hear all different kinds of noises — you know, birds, frogs it’s just, it feels much closer to nature,” Cambier said. “And so the ability to come down here on the Greenway trail is, I think, just a really amazing amenity.”

Franz River Campus boasts new roads, greenway trail and more – The Beacon (upbeacon.com

Willamette Cove evaluation report by DEQ  

In March 2023 a study of the Willamette Cove cleanup was conducted.  This study was the next step in the cleanup process and its goal was to learn more about how the contamination was spread across that site, most importantly how deep contamination went. That information will help shape the cleanup designs.

Since the study was submitted to DEQ last March, Metro, the Port of Portland and DEQ have been analyzing the study to understand how it will affect the cleanup. The real heart of the story is these paragraphs:

Cory Eldridge of Metro explains: ‘What did the study find?

    • No new human health hot spots (very dangerous levels of contamination) were found.
    • It confirmed that contamination is spread across the site.
    • It also confirmed the types of contaminants at the site.
    • In general, the amount of contamination decreased with depth, as expected.
  • However, in most locations, contaminants went down to at least three feet deep, which is as deep as samples were taken.

The cleanup requirements in DEQ’s record of decision anticipated removing soil to a depth of about two feet in some areas, and much less than that, in most areas. The record of decision expected up to approximately 42,000 cubic yards of soil would be excavated and hauled away. The new study estimates that if the same cleanup requirements were extended to remove soil down to three feet in the impacted areas, 76,000 cubic yards of soil would need to be excavated.

The new study also concludes that most trees would need to be removed with the contaminated soil. The record of decision had proposed alternative excavation techniques to save native trees that with existing cleanup requirements would not be possible.’

The full report:  wcRemDesignRep2023D.pdf (oregon.gov)

Flashback to 2010 on the npGREENWAY Trail Ride Video

Join Scott Mizee, Jason Starman, two-dozen Pedalpalooza riders and filmmaker Dan Kaufman as they tour the existing and aspirational sections of the North Portland Greenway Trail.

Date of original post: November 10, 2010.

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