PORTLAND -- A forlorn 30-acre plot of land surrounded by two freeways will turned into a park for mountain and cross bikes, with a children's playground, picnic area and hiking trails.
Surrounded by train tracks, MAX lines and two interstates sits the future Gateway Green Park.
You can only get to it by foot or bike. It's a mile long mound that was once the debris pile for I-205 construction. Now, covered with dirt, it's just a bare hill.
"There will also be trails for walking, jogging pushing the baby stroller walking the dog...there will be a children's natural play area with rocks and logs and things they can explore," said Gateway neighbor Linda Robinson, who has spent the last five years pushing for the park.
Many Northeast Portland residents are excited at the prospect at a new recreational park.
"There's not really a lot of places like that where people can go just ride bikes and have fun so that would be really nice," said cyclist Cassandra Bogert.
In addition to recreation there will also be a number of sustainability features in the park like solar and wind power.
"All the bicycle trails will be built to demonstrate erosion control, how to deal with water run-off," said Robinson.
The city of Portland has pledged to maintain the park at a cost of about $200,000 a year.
"It’s a big win for east Portland in part the gateway neighborhood because we expect this will bring a lot of people to that community," said city commissioner Nick fish.
If all goes to plan work on the park will likely begin in 2012.