Gabriel Park Nature Patch
The Gabriel Park Nature Patch is a beautiful, ecologically diverse pollinator landscape.
Designed in partnership with the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, the Gabriel Park Nature Patch includes native and ornamental flowering shrub beds with natural seating and habitat features. The nature patch, across from the community garden and orchard, overlooks a beautiful pollinator meadow to the north that has over thirty varieties of native forbs, grasses, and wildflowers to support native pollinators.
Help care for the Gabriel Park Nature Patch space
Email program coordinator Eric Rosewall to get learn about upcoming stewardship events at the Gabriel Park Nature Patch.
Learn more about Nature Patches in Portland
Portland Parks & Recreation is adding nature patches to developed park landscapes to provide natural experiences for people and habitat for wildlife. Nature patches are unique natural garden spaces that support native pollinators and offer fun opportunities for education and exploration.
Constructed in 2008, the skatepark is 10,000 square feet, featuring 8,000 square feet of snake run and 2,000 square feet of unique perimeter features including a wallride, pump bumps, transition trench, and vert transition to slappy curb. The snake run includes a 9-ft-deep bowl with concrete coping and tractor seat; the midsection has three hips and a rolled lip design.
Thanks to funding from the Parks Replacement Bond and System Development Charges, Gabriel Park's playground will be replaced with a new, more inclusive and accessible play area. The playground is located at SW 37th Avenue and SW Vermont Street. Read more on the Gabriel Park Inclusive Playground Project page.
Gabriel Park Trail and Signage Project
Gabriel Park is an 89-acre hybrid park, acquired by the City in 1950, with a wide range of facilities and activities, including a community center, skate park, sand volleyball court, two dog off-leash areas, a playground, paved paths, and a community garden and orchard. It also hosts approximately 30-acres of natural area, including a pollinator meadow and nature patch, a free-flowing section of Vermont Creek, and nature trails.
In 2020, PP&R’s City Nature West team identified the soft-surface nature trails located within the Gabriel Park natural area to be “formalized” for redesign, reconstruction, and closures for problematic areas. Trails that were determined to not be well-designed, constructed, or located will be rerouted. Trails that have been determined to unduly impact natural resources will be closed for reclamation. The design of the trails, signage, and other improvements are intended to direct users to appropriate areas of the forest and prevent users from going off-trail and creating new unsanctioned trails and pathways. Permanent low impact, low key signage is in the works to provide users directional information to stay on main trails within the Gabriel Park natural area
Goals for this trails project include:
- Create ecological improvements to the riparian and forested areas
- Decrease off-trail activity and impacts to riparian areas
- Reduce erosion and the spread of invasive species
- Promote sustainable public access
- Provide a better space for educational programming
- Improve user experience and safety
- Provide better connectivity to SW trail routes through the park
Trail clearing and construction work will begin in winter 2021 and is expected to be ongoing for six to eight weeks. Some trails will be marked as closed throughout the project.
In summer 2021, our trails team installed temporary signs with the proposed trail names while permanent signage is being developed. You may notice signage indicating closures of various trails around the forest along with small barricades. Please help protect the flora and fauna that make Gabriel Park natural area home by staying off decommissioned trails.
A final timeline for construction will be determined once we work with our external, community stakeholders on finalizing trail closures and names. Stakeholders help PP&R set goals to create long-term community partnerships and structured, volunteer/stewardship opportunities. During this process, the community will be invited to contribute input and participate in volunteer trail-maintenance events to help implement the recommended changes.
Permanent signs will be installed in early 2022.
For any questions or feedback about the information below, please feel free to contact the PP&R Trail’s Coordinator at email@example.com or the Site Ecologist at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Basic Earthquake Emergency Communication Node (BEECN)
A Basic Earthquake Emergency Communication Node (pronounced beacon) is a place to go in Portland after a major earthquake to ask for emergency assistance if phone service is down, or report severe damage or injury. More information can be found on the Basic Earthquake Emergency Communication Node page.
- Parking lot
- 2 designated parking spaces
- Paved pathway to play area with slight slope
- 200 feet to play area
- Engineered mulch surface
- Rubberized surface at transfer station
- Ramp into play area
- Transfer station
- Sensory play elements
- Accessible restroom
- Accessible picnic table
Size in acres
Swiss immigrant Ulrich Gabriel arrived in 1890 and eventually bought and farmed property south of what is now Vermont Street, and operated the Pine Creek Dairy. He raised corn, wheat, and potatos, but his main income came from his dairy herd.
In October 1950, the city purchased an 87-acre tract of land featuring two small creeks and wooded areas between Vermont and Canby Streets for $120,000. Part of the property, referred to as Gabriel Acres, gave the park its name.