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Great strides: Gresham's recent grant awards create a more accessible and vibrant community

October 31, 2022

Over the past month, the City of Gresham has been awarded three different grants that will allow the City to make much needed improvements throughout Gresham.  

  • The Metro Parks and Nature Bond of $4,242,475 
  • The Metro Regional Flexible Funds Program of $7,575,882 
  • The Oregon Department of Energy Community Renewable Energy Grant Program of $579,841 

“We take great pride in our ability to stretch City dollars further and these recent grant awards are another example of that.” said City Manager Nina Vetter. 

Metro parks and nature bond

The bond will fill a gap in the Gresham Fairview trail between Sandy Boulevard and Halsey Street and include a connection to the I-84 Trail. This project will construct a multi-use path on the west side of Northeast 201st Avenue, which currently has no sidewalks or bike lanes along most of its length. At the north end of the project, the multi-use path and the roadway go under the railroad tracks and the I-84 freeway. To safely accommodate multi-path users and ensure adequate height for freight vehicles, the roadway will be shifted to the east and replaced at a lower grade. 

Metro Regional Flexible Funds program

Funds will allow the City to construct continuous and ADA-compliant sidewalks, curbs, curb ramps, and buffered bicycle lanes along both sides of Northeast 162nd Avenue from Northeast Glisan Street to Northeast Halsey Street. Buffered bicycle lanes provide additional space separating the bicycle lane from motor vehicle traffic, which creates more protection and comfort for cyclists. To support access to transit, the project will also construct a Rectangular Rapid Flash Beacon crossing at Northeast Holladay Street to allow pedestrians access to the bus stops adjacent to the new affordable housing constructed on the Albertina Kerr campus. 

Oregon Department of Energy Community Renewable Energy grant 

This grant supports the planning and construction of renewable energy or energy resilience projects. The City of Gresham collaborated with the Latino Network to submit a grant application for solar panels to be installed in Latino Network’s new building. This project will allow the Latino Network to include renewable energy in their new building, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and lowering electricity costs. This project will also help the City meet its renewable energy goals. 

Gresham City staff actively pursue state and federal funding opportunities on an ongoing basis in order to maximize every dollar.