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Gresham Council approves Hogan Butte funding request

The city to ask the state for $400K


The city and Metro have cobbled together three tracts of land totaling 61.5 acres for Hogan Butte Nature Park, but now need funding to create access and amenities.

Environmental Services Director Steve Fancher asked the Gresham City Council on Tuesday, Nov. 18, for a resolution giving him the ability to reapply for state parks grant money. A similar attempt last March was unsuccessful.

“There’s a lot of need out there statewide,” Fancher said. “It is very competitive.”

Fancher envisions Phase I of the project to be $750,000 worth of trails, roads, parking, and interpretive signs. The council agreed to a $400,000 request to Oregon Parks and Recreation, which will join a $250,000 request to Metro and a $100,000 city contribution of mostly System Development Charge monies. (Image is Clickable Link) Photo Credit: COURTESY OF GRESHAM - A map of publicly owned tax lots on Hogan Butte in southeast Gresham. Light blue is for the City of Gresham, Green is for Metro, Pink is for City-Metro joint property and dark blue is for city of Portland property. In all there are 110.94 acres.

If the city does win the competitive and inter-dependent grants, design work would start in the fall of 2015 with an expected construction start date in summer 2016.

Hogan Butte’s Master Plan was completed in 2008. However, Fancher said it is a bit more ambitious than current thinking on nature parks.

“If anything, scaling back makes more sense,” he said.

Councilor Jerry Hinton said the final piece of property acquired last year was key to gaining access to the larger plot — currently only accessed for the water tower it contains — and that the whole project would be a gift to Gresham’s future generations.

Council President Lori Stegmann lauded Fancher and his staff for their efforts.

“My hat’s off to you for always being so creative in finding ways to fund our parks when we don’t have the funding.”

Hogan Butte is located at the end of Southeast Gabbert Road in southeastern Gresham.


By Shasta Kearns Moore
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