no 44 || 1st Annual Volunteers Tour | Breakfast on Swan Island Bridge and more… npGREENWAY

npGREENWAY Newsletter North Portland Greenway Trail Advocacy
2010 May 18 Issue no 044

First Annual
North Portland Willamette Greenway
Volunteers’ Bicycle Tour

May 19, Wednesday 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Join us for an “on the ground, first hand” tour of the future North Portland Greenway Trail alignment. We want as many people as possible to join us for this event–especially those who are interested in volunteering to further the project and get it built!

We will meet at the northern terminus of the Eastbank Esplanade where it crosses the railroad. Although the terrain is mostly easy to navigate, there are some rough, rocky surfaces so mountain bikes and/or knobby tires strongly encouraged.

We hope to see you there!

Breakfast on the Bridge:
Swan Island N Going Street Bridge

May 19, Wednesday 7:00 am – 9:00 am

Celebrate Bike to Work Month on the Northside! Coffee, treats, maps and more. Meet us where Going Street passes over the Union Pacific Railroad just after it passes under N Greeley Ave on the way to Swan Island.
More details available here.

Willamette Cove Plan is available
The Willamette Cove Trail Alignment Refinement Report is complete. The report was funded by Metro, Portland Parks & Recreation and npGREENWAY. It provides the following information:

  • details of the history of Willamette Cove
  • brief descriptions of present and future clean-up
  • discussion of plans for the site and zoning
  • identification of a trail alignment, design recommendations and cost estimates

The report is available at and identifies three specific actions that need completing before the trail can move forward. Task 1 involves completing the cleanup of the upland portions of the site. Task 2 calls for any necessary site restoration. Finally, Task 3 includes trail plan refinement and regional trail construction.

The cover letter and report are also available here:
Willamette Cove Trail Cover Letter to Elected Officials
Willamette Cove Trail Alignment Plan

University of Portland Engineering Students Finish the year with
North Portland Greenway Trail Design Recommendations
Seven senior engineering students at the University of Portland took on designing sections of the North Portland Willamette Greenway for their senior project. They made their professional presentations to their professors, Drs. Male and Kennedy and other classmates April 19th. Some npGREENWAYers were there too, as the students presented their research and design recommendations. The two sections they studied were the intersection of Waud Bluff Trail at the street level of Willamette Boulevard, and the North Portland Willamette Greenway Trail as it goes around the toe or bottom of Waud Bluff, near the railroad tracks.
To read the complete article and see a slide show of the students’ work, click here.

Two students also presented their work to the University Park Neighborhood Association at the April Meeting. It was great to see students and neighbors interacting in a positive way!

North Reach Paddle
June 3, Thursday 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Part of Great Blue Heron Week
Join Bob Sallinger and Jim Labbe with Audubon Society of Portland and Francie Royce and Scott Mizée with npGREENWAY on a leisurely Paddle in the Portland Harbor and learn about the past, present and future of the North Reach of the Willamette River. We’ll discuss the recent the adoption of the North Reach River Plan, the implications for natural resource restoration and progress for the North Portland Greenway, and how people can get involved.

You are responsible for bringing and maintaining your own kayak/canoe. Canoe and kayak
rentals can be arranged through Alder Creek Kayak & Canoe (, 503-285-0464) or Portland Kayak Company (, 503-459-4050). Life jackets are absolutely required.
Directions and other details will be mailed to registrants.

Kenton Street Fair
May 22, Saturday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
For more information visit the Kenton Street Fair Facebook Page.

Pedalpalooza Bike Ride
June 12, Saturday 3:00 pm more details…

Friends of Baltimore Woods Open House
June 12, Saturday 1:00 – 4:00 pm
FOBW is inviting all neighbors to come down and take a look at enlarged maps and photos while chatting with friends and neighbors about Baltimore Woods.

npGREENWAY Speaker at Peninsula Kiwanis Club
June 23, 12:00 pm

Sunday Parkways North Portland
June 27, 10 am – 3 pm
For the 3rd year in a row, npGREENWAY will have an information booth set up at N Willamette and N Jessup near the “Overlook Bowl”.

Check the npGREENWAY calendar and blog for more upcoming events!

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