Gabbert Butte Nature Park Master Plan

  • 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

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    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.

    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. Watch a 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 plan and animal life. 

    Status and Updates

    Opportunities to weigh in

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

    2017-2019 Gabbert Butte master plan schedule

    Summer 2017

    • Learn about the site, project goals and opportunities
    • Share your ideas at Open House 1 (held July 19)
    • Provide feedback online

    Fall 2017

    • Attend outreach events and review meeting materials
    • Comment on site plan alternatives at Open House 2 (details to be announced)

    Winter 2018

    • Provide feedback about preferred site plan alternatives

    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.