Hogan Butte receiving finishing touches
Work is being finalized on Gresham's newest nature park, which when opened to the public will offer a stunning view of four mountain peaks, the Columbia River Gorge and the city of Gresham.
Contractors are paving the access road and entry lot at Hogan Butte Nature Park, which is 46-acres with trails, viewpoints of Mt. Hood, Mt. St. Helens, Mt. Adams and Mt. Rainer, parking, restrooms, picnic shelter and educational signage.
The new park, between Butler Road and Regner Road, will be a stand-alone attraction and offer connections via trails to the other buttes. Some of the flora and fauna that call the butte home include red-tail hawks, deer, foxes, bobcats, western red cedar, big leaf maple, red alder, Oregon grape and sword ferns.
The final touches at the park are being completed in preparation for a grand opening celebration from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23. There will be self-guided tours and family-friendly activities. Parking will be limited, so visitors are asked to park at Springwater Trail High School. Shuttles will depart every 15 minutes to and from the park.
Hogan Butte is named after Eli Hogan, a turn-of-the-century pioneer who owned and managed timberland on the butte. Trees harvested by Hogan helped build Mt. Tabor's reservoirs in Portland.
Gresham first began the process for acquiring land on Hogan Butte more than 25 years ago, using a 1990 city bond measure and two later Metro bonds.
The park is nearing completion thanks to efforts from Gresham citizens, the city, Metro, the Trust for Public Lands, the U.S. Forest Service and the Buttes Conservancy.