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Gabbert Butte Nature Park Master Plan

  • The City and Metro partnered to complete the Gabbert Butte Nature Park Master Plan. The plan was adopted by City and Metro Councils in 2019 and reflects extensive community engagement about how to connect people with nature and improve visitor access.

    The project is currently on hold until funding is secured to develop and operate the nature park.

    • This project is eligible for Metro’s 2019 parks and nature bond investments under the Take Care of Metro Parks program. However, those funds are limited and Metro is prioritizing overdue infrastructure updates at existing parks.
    • Metro is forecasting what funds may be available for other projects, including Gabbert Butte, through its bond refinement process.

    Project description 

    • Project Background
    • Status and Updates
    • Project Documents
    • Contact
    Project Background

    By combining resources (Metro and the City each own land at Gabbert Butte), this partnership can create an even better destination for the community.

    Shaping the future of Gabbert Butte Natural Area

    Gabbert Butte is one of six buttes within Gresham city limits. About 150 acres, Gabbert Butte offers a unique opportunity to access nature in the Gresham area. 

    We’re working closely with the community and Metro to develop a Gabbert Butte Nature Park Master Plan to identify ways people can enjoy the butte’s natural resources, including:

    • Hiking
    • Biking
    • Wildlife-viewing
    • Picnicking
    • Nature classes
    • Nature-based play areas

    Connecting everyone to nature

    The project is a pilot for the Connect with Nature initiative, which works with underserved community members to ensure parks and natural areas are welcoming and inclusive of all cultures.

    A group of multicultural planners, consultants and community members is working with Metro to develop Gabbert Butte.

    Connect with Nature video

    Project goals

    • Protect habitat and water quality and provide meaningful and safe experiences of nature.
    • Encourage participation in planning from people of diverse cultural backgrounds, ages and levels of ability.
    • Develop a plan to guide future public access to the site, including welcoming entryways, improved trails and opportunities to experience nature.


    Gresham is home to diverse natural features, including wetlands, riparian areas, forested uplands and buttes. 

    Over the last 150 years, Gresham’s landscape has changed from a quiet berry-farming community to a busy city with a wide variety of neighborhoods. Today, one of the most noticeable remaining pieces of the forestry and agricultural economy are the upland open space buttes.

    Throughout the city, restoration work is helping to improve water quality, minimize erosion and property loss, reduce flood damage and boost diversity of plant and animal life. 

    Status and Updates

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    Opportunities to weigh in

    Open houses and online surveys occurred at three project milestones and ended with a chance to review the master plan in spring 2018.

    2017-2019 Gabbert Butte master plan schedule

      Spring 2018

      • Community members attended outreach events and reviewed meeting materials.
      • Community members commented on site plan alternatives at open house.

      Fall 2018

      • Community members commented on preferred site plan at another open house.

      Tina Osterink, City of Gresham
      Natural Resources Planner

      Olena Turula, Metro
      Park Planner

      Read more about this project on Metro's website.

      • Gabbert Butte Hikers
      • Gabbert Buttte Map
      • Gabbert Butte View
      • Gabbert Butte Restoration

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      • Both Metro and the City own land at Gabbert Butte. Our partnership combines resources to create an even better destination for community members.

      • Gabbert Butte is part of the Boring Volcanic Field, which contains more than 80 small volcanic vents and lava flows. Each lava dome erupted just once, and thick slow-moving magma created buttes we see today. 

      • Gresham’s buttes provide scenic views, important wildlife habitat and are treasured natural landmarks.

      • Restoring City-owned land in the East Buttes near Butler Road included planting 5,000 forbs, rushes, shrubs and trees.