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Gresham-Fairview Trail

Planning and conservation    Natural areas, parks and trails    Protecting natural areas    Acquiring natural areas    Gresham-Fairview Trail

Learn about the goals and objectives for Gresham-Fairview Trail. View maps illustrating the Metro Council's priorities for this regional trail corridor and learn more about what parts of the trail are already complete.

The Metro Council's goal and objectives for the Gresham-Fairview Trail target area are:

photo of Gresham-Fairview Trail target area


  • Complete this important eastern spine of the regional trail system by securing a complete public corridor along the proposed Gresham-Fairview Trail while also looking to provide access and connectivity to and from adjacent parks, greenspaces, trails and a potential regional trailhead.


Tier I Objective

  • Acquire right of way necessary to secure a continuous trail corridor connection to the 40- Mile Loop Trail and the Columbia Slough Trail.

Tier II Objective

  • Acquire parcels that are adjacent to the trail corridor to provide access and connectivity to and from adjacent parks, greenspaces, and/or trails including Fairview Creek Headwaters at Southwest Community Park, Grant Butte, Johnson Creek Greenway and Springwater Trail. Acquisition of any Tier II property is subject to a 50% match from a local partner.

Partnership Objective

  • Pursue partnership opportunities with the City of Gresham (Departments of Transportation, Solid Waste and Parks and Recreation) and the City of Fairview to leverage regional bond dollars.

About the area

The Gresham-Fairview Trail will serve as a major north/south connector for cyclists and pedestrians between two regionally significant and heavily used trails: the Springwater Corridor and the 40-Mile Loop (along Marine Drive on the Columbia River). Separated from motorized traffic, the 5.2-mile trail will provide a safe north/south route for commuters as well as recreational users and provide access from Gresham to natural areas along Johnson Creek, Fairview Creek, the Columbia Slough and the Columbia River.

The Gresham-Fairview Trail has been constructed between Halsey and Burnside streets. A master plan was completed for the Gresham-Fairview Trail in 2002 and a refined alignment study was completed for the northern portion of the trail in 2007. Some acquisition of the trail corridor has been completed in the northern sections but gaps in the trail corridor remain.

2006 Natural Areas Program bond description

This multi-use trail is a major north-south connection through the Gresham area. It connects the Springwater Corridor at Linneman Junction and crosses the eastside MAX light rail line at Ruby Junction. Continuing north to Blue Lake Regional Park, the trail ends at the Columbia River and connects to the existing Lewis and Clark Discovery Greenway Trail (part of the 40-Mile Loop) along Marine Drive. Acquisition of the remaining corridor is needed to complete the trail and secure an important eastern spine of the regional trail system.

Focus for Metro's 2006 Natural Areas Program

  • Close the remaining corridor connectors to complete the trail and secure the eastern spine of the regional trail system.

Field research and scientific data findings

  • Completing corridor gaps would aid wildlife corridors as well as enhance the experience for trail users and improve public access to local and regional natural areas.

Public input helps Metro Council set priorities

In September 2007 the Metro Council approved acquisition plans for each of the 27 regional target areas. The Metro Council established these priorities with the input of natural resource and land use experts, scientists, citizens and local land managers. More than 500 people attended eight community open houses to share their ideas with Metro Councilors. Nearly 1,000 people filled out questionnaires ranking their priorities and offering ideas for partnerships and other ways to stretch the public's investment. The acquisition plans include a map, goals and objectives for each target area.

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