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Portland bike park project hits hiccup as homeless move into planned construction site

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

A new park planned for northeast Portland has hit a hiccup, as campers from the Spingwater Corridor have moved into the site of the Dirt Lab at Gateway Green. 

The park has been 10 years in the making and will sit between I-205 and I-84, offering a nature area and off-road bike trails. Friends of Gateway Green recently started a crowdfunding effort to raise money for the final expenses of the project

Construction of Portland’s first ever off-road bike park is set to begin in mid-October. 

"We had some concern that some of the campers would move from the Springwater to the Gateway Green area,” said Linda Robinson with Friends of Gateway Green. “That has happened to some extent, not all of them, and parks has been working on a plan on how they will deal with that because you can't have a bunch of campers in an area where you are doing construction."

On Monday, Portland Parks & Recreation rangers and area social service providers went out to the property to talk with the homeless campers and figure out what help they may need.

"It is heartbreaking, but there are people who are living on the property, as Portland is faced with a crisis around housing and people experiencing homelessness,” Mark Ross with Portland Park & Recreation wrote in an email to FOX 12.

A detailed statement from Portland Parks & Recreation on homeless issues and outreach at the site, along with the construction plans, can be found at this link

Portland Parks & Recreation plans to start cleaning up any debris or structures at the Gateway Green site on Oct. 3. The department has already started putting up signs reading “construction coming” and they are working to fence off the area where construction will take place.

The fence should be up by Oct. 14. with construction to follow of the off-road biking area known as Dirt Lab. 

For more information on the Gateway Green project, go to gatewaygreenpdx.org.

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