Springwater Corridor

The Springwater Corridor Trail is a 21-mile paved trail that connects southeast Portland to Gresham, Oregon, and further south to Boring, Oregon. It travels alongside the former Springwater Division Line, an inter-urban electric railway that dates back to 1903, and accesses a series of natural areas, including Johnson Creek, as it flows towards the Willamette River.

The trail makes up a key part of the 40-Mile Loop, the bold vision for interconnected parks around Portland developed by landscape architecture firm Olmsted Brothers, which dates back to their work for Portland in 1903. It is an early example of sustainability in Portland, with its vision of setting aside land for parks and creating green connections between them. Today, the 40-Mile Loop is a vision for a regional network of more than 140 miles of trails.
In 1981, the 40-Mile Loop Land Trust was established with the primary objective of acquiring land to make the loop a reality. Due to the efforts of the 40-Mile Loop Land Trust, the city secured the land for the Springwater Corridor, purchasing it from the railroad in 1990. Portland Parks & Recreation developed a master plan in 1992, and construction of the trail soon followed, with the initial segment opening in 1996. Later additions to the trail were built in 2000 and 2005. In 2014, a one-mile section, known as the Sellwood Gap, remains to be built and planning efforts are underway.

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