Gateway Green is a 35-acre parcel of mostly vacant land located at the intersection of two interstate highways in Portland, Oregon. The land is owned by the City of Portland Bureau of Parks and Recreation. The project began as an effort of local land owners and open space advocates in an effort to catalyze economic growth in outer east Portland. On a pro-bono basis, designers collaborated with local stakeholders to create a program and vision for Gateway Green. Through conversations and input from technical experts and the community a vision for the site was developed that identified the following project goals:
• Improve environmental conditions, especially water, air quality, and wildlife habitat.
• Provide a regional recreational destination, especially for bicycle and pedestrian opportunities.
• Provide open space and a possible branding opportunity for adjacent Gateway Regional Center and surrounding neighborhoods.
• Highlight Portland’s evolving sustainable marketplace and express the region’s use of sustainable design solutions.
As part of the six-month project, the design team conducted a one-day community charrette to develop the design of the initial concept plan. After development of the preliminary vision the team conducted technical review meetings to ensure the technical viability of concept options, approaches, details, and strategies. A final presentation of the revised vision plan was then presented to the community. The Gateway Green vision plan demonstrates a commitment to sustainability, puts the property to better use for the good of the community, and sets an example for reclamation and reuse of surplus or underused properties around the country.