Gabbert Butte Nature Park Master Plan

  • 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

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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.

    Restoration

    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 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 2 (held March 20)

      Fall 2018

      Comment on preferred site plan at Open House 3 (details to be announced)

        Contact

        Tina Osterink, City of Gresham
        Natural Resources Planner
        503-618-2392
        Tina.Osterink@greshamoregon.gov

        Olena Turula, Metro
        Park Planner
        503-813-7542
        Olena.Turula@oregonmetro.gov

        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.