PP&R receives Metro funding for three projects

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Bureau's Planning team wrote and submitted three successful grants, each will improve transportation and access
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(Portland, OR) –

Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) wrote and submitted three successful grants for projects funded by Metro regional government. We appreciate regional voters supporting Metro’s Bond and wish to thank Portland’s enthusiastic trail advocates, including those supporting the North Portland Greenway and the 40-Mile Loop.

“Partnerships like this, where the City and Metro work together, make our community stronger,” says Portland Parks & Recreation Director Adena Long. “These trails make it easier and safer to travel, to enjoy our green spaces, and they foster connections citywide. I’m thankful for the efforts of our Planning team and our partners at Metro.”

A rendering, in color, of a proposed bike and pedestrian bridge over Columbia Blvd. It has a blue sky, trees and grass indicated in green, and figures riding bikes and walking on the bridge.
A rendering of the proposed bike and pedestrian bridge over N. Columbia Blvd. Courtesy of Metro, KPFF, and PP&R.

Columbia Blvd bike and pedestrian bridge / North Portland trail segment from Chimney Park to Cathedral Park.  

On October 13, 2022, Metro council approved PP&R’s request for approximately $4.86 million from the 2025-2027 Regional Flexible Funds Allocation to fund a North Portland Greenway Trail from N. Columbia Boulevard to Portland Parks & Recreation’s Cathedral Park.

The North Portland Greenway is a regional trail that provides a continuous route for active transportation; recreation; access to nature; and access to residential, industrial, and commercial areas. This project will help fill some of the gaps in North Portland Greenway and creates a safe, accessible bicycle and pedestrian connection between Chimney Park and Cathedral Park. The project features on-road (neighborhood greenways on North Portland streets) and off-road (paved, multiuse trails in Baltimore Woods Natural Area and Cathedral Park) bicycle and pedestrian facilities. It also features a safe, grade-separated bicycle/pedestrian bridge crossing at North Columbia Blvd, identified by the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) as a “High Crash Corridor”.

Columbia Blvd bike and pedestrian bridge project website: portland.gov/parks/construction/bridge-over-columbia-boulevard

Other Metro-funded projects in the Portland Parks & Recreation system, announced this month:

Marine Drive Trail

Recipient: Portland Parks & Recreation

Grant amount: $2,271,691

Match: $973,582

Summary: This PP&R project will help fill a major gap in the 40-Mile Loop, replacing dangerous on-street bike lanes with a designated bike path, while building on past bond investments. This trail segment (nearly 1 mile) will provide trail users unparalleled views of the Columbia River and Mt. Hood. When completed, trail users will be able to enjoy nearly 14 miles of uninterrupted off-street trail along the Columbia River from NE 33rd Drive to the Sandy River in Troutdale.

North Portland Greenway: Kelley Point Park

Recipient: Portland Parks & Recreation

Grant amount: $1,897,908

Match: $813,389

Summary: Kelley Point Park is a historically and culturally significant place due to its location at the confluence of the Columbia and Willamette Rivers. It is also the future northern terminus of the planned North Portland Willamette Greenway Trail. While much of the trail is already built within the park, there is a 1,400-foot gap that currently forces trail users onto the road. This project will fix this by extending the trail to the 40-Mile Loop and Marine Drive Trails.

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