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Gateway Green gets going


The Gateway Green, a volunteer-driven project, continues to make progress. A major part of the plans for the 35-acre natural area between the I-84 and I-205 freeways are bike facilities, and earlier this year recreational bike enthusiasts held a half-day charette in which they planned facilities on the land. Last month the fruits of the exercise were unveiled at an open house at the Gateway Elks Lodge that drew well over 100 people.

From south to north, the plans for the narrow corridor call for a gravity and technical riding area with perimeter bike trails, a kids play area, moderate density single track bike trails, and a pedestrian-focused open space area with bike trails on the perimeter. Planners eventually hope to build access bridges across the highway to access the south slope of Rocky Butte, where they plan low-density single-track trails.

Co-organizer Ted Gilbert has estimated that all the plans for Gateway Green could be realized for $20 million, but that much of it could be done for $5 million. He is suddenly well on his way. Last month Gilbert announced that an anonymous donor had pledged $1 million to the cause. Who is this masked man (or woman)? His co-organizer Linda Robinson says even she doesn’t know. “Ted’s being really closed-mouth about this,” she said.”
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