If you’ve ever run on the segment of Wildwood Trail between Hoyt Arboretum and Pittock Mansion, you know that there’s a major interruption in your run: West Burnside Street. This trail crossing runs across multiple lanes of 40 mph traffic, with limited visibility for both you and the drivers, who definitely don’t want to hit you.
Wouldn’t it be cool if you could run this crossing without worry? Without having to head down that hill to the cramped parking area, wait for a break in traffic to cross safely, and then climb back up onto the trail on the other side? Well, you’ll soon be able to, thanks to the Portland Parks Foundation and the fundraising platform Oregon’s Kitchen Table.
According to the Portland Parks Foundation, 20,000 vehicles drive on this stretch of W. Burnside each day, where over the course of a year, 80,000 dart across the road to the other side of the trail. That is why the Portland Parks Foundation is building the Footbridge Over Burnside, a pedestrian footbridge that will connect the north and south sides of the Wildwood Trail where it crosses Burnside.
The Footbridge Over Burnside was designed by Pacific NW artist Ed Carpenter to incorporate design elements from the trail’s natural settings. So far, $2.3 million has been raised, and this fall there is one final crowdfunding campaign to invite runners, hikers, and trail lovers to get involved.
The crowdfunding campaign opens today and will run for 34 days, during which time Portland Parks Foundation is aiming to raise $150,000. An anonymous donor will be making a one-to-one match, for a possible total $300,000 raised for this project, which will begin construction next year.
You can make your donation online here to the Footbridge Over Burnside starting today through October 24. And while you wait for that page to open, you can check out a few more rendering of the bridge here: