Thanks PPR!

Thanks Portland Parks and Recreation for attending to the Springwater Corridor Trail!



Photo by 40-Mile Loop Board Member, Francie Royce

In loving memory of Barbara Walker

Barbara Walker


Barbara Walker, one of the founders of the 40-Mile Loop, recently passed away. Her memorial services will be held Wednesday, December 17th at 3 p.m. at the Portland Art Museum.  Whether you knew Barbara or not, please come show your respects to an inspiring heroine of parks, trails, and natural areas.  If you knew Barbara and have a favorite story please come and share with her family, friends, and colleagues.

In loving memory,

The 40-Mile Loop Land Trust Board of Directors

King of Roads Historic Columbia River Highway Centennial


Conceived of by Sam Hill, who hired Sam Lancaster as his chief engineer, the historic Columbia River Highway connects Portland Oregon through the majestic Columbia River Gorge to points east. Dedicated in 1916 it was the first highway in the US constructed primarily for sightseeing. Today the highway is being restored in time for it’s centennial in 2016 so that it can be used again for it’s original purpose.

Cycling Springwater Trail: Connecting to Gresham’s Natural Areas

Johnson Creek Days Event in partnership with the Gresham Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center presents…

Cycling Springwater Trail: Connecting to Gresham’s Natural Areas

Sunday, September 21, 2014 9:00am-11:00am
Start at Linneman Station
3804 West Powell Loop, Gresham, OR
Gresham Ride
This 7 mile ride stops at 4 recovering natural areas along the Springwater Corridor Trail for brief presentations on each, including:
• Gresham Woods/Butler Creek
• Ambleside Natural Area
• Main City Park
• Upper Johnson Creek Natural Area

Join us in downtown historic Gresham after the ride for great food and beverages!

Please register online for this free ride at:

Join us at the Regional Trails Fair!

1 to 4 P.M. WEDNESDAY, JULY 30, 2014 

Metro Regional Center 

Apotheker Plaza | 600 NE Grand Ave., Portland. Arrive by foot, bike, MAX, streetcar, bus or carpool.

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Want to learn about trail projects, plans, grants and initiatives? Make a beeline for the fourth annual Regional Trails Fair. Visit booths hosted by dozens of organizations and give Metro ideas about what you want from regional trails. Sign up for a guided walk or bike ride. Free and open to all – invite colleagues, neighbors, friends and other trail enthusiasts.

Get the scoop on regional trails, network and meet new friends. Free pie, beverages and door prizes!

An important message from our colleagues at npGreenway

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Dear npGreenway members, Friends and North Portland neighbors,

The npGreenway (aka Friends of North Portland Greenway Trail) Core Group has agreed to work with the City of Portland and the Union Pacific Railroad (UPRR) on the design and construction of the Willamette River Greenway Trail on what we refer to as the Albina Yards alignment (see red line on map below) between N. Going Street and Lower Albina. The Core Group’s letter to the City of Portland and UPRR is attached (below the map).

It was not easy to give up our vision of a near-river side alignment on the existing private (UPRR) AshGrove Cement Road/North River St. alignment. But we are convinced that the prospects for the latter (blue line on Attachment #1) are slim to nil (see UPRR’s memo as Attachment #3), while the former we expect to be expedited by our partners, City of Portland and UPRR.

The UPRR’s willingness to surrender more than one-half mile of active rail line within the city for a multi-purpose trail is unprecedented and offers a Greenway Trail alignment, we believe, that better serves all of north Portland. We also appreciate the commitment from PBOT staff to pursue funding in the near future term for the Albina Yards section of the trail with a TIGER grant and other funding. 

We feel that if designed and constructed correctly, it will:

1.  Connect to the adopted Greenway Trail alignment on Swan Island at North Basin Avenue and Going Street, crossing the UPRR tracks utilizing the existing Going Street bridge and offer fine views of the rail yard, Lower Albina and the city skyline;
2.   Connect with the existing Greeley bike lanes offering bike commuters from north Portland a safer alternative to the existing bike lanes on the four lane, high speed and unprotected stretch of North Greeley between Going and North Interstate; and
3.    Avoid the complex design and legal challenges of a North River Street/Cement Road alignment and instead carry trail users to and through the historic Lower Albina district to the Eastbank Esplanade.

 While the Albina Yard option (red line) will be costly (see Attachment #4), its costs are in line with those associated with a build out of  the AshGrove Cement Road/North River St. alignment (blue line) and with the original, and for us unacceptable, City of Portland option on the east side of Greeley. 

To insure that the Albina Yard’s Willamette River Greenway Trail alignment fulfills the users expectations, we need your active support (letters, emails and active participation) in the  support for funding and in critical design phase of the project, We wish to especially thank you all for your work on this segment of the trail and look forward to our continued and mutual work on this project in the future. As the project progresses we will keep you posted  and ask for your assistance.

Please join your ‘Core Group’ in this effort. 

Thank you for your past support in getting the trail as far along as it is and for your future support.


npGreenway Core Group

  • Francie Royce, Co-Chair     Joe Adamski, Secretary            Shelley Oylear
  • Curt Schneider, Co-Chair   Sarah Angell                              Babs Adamski
  • Pam Arden, Treasurer         Beate Hoelscher                        Lenny Anderson