Wildwood Trail Bridge
Portland’s Wildwood Trail winds 30 miles through the forests of Forest Park, Washington Park, and Hoyt Arboretum, rarely crossing roads. The busiest road crossing is at West Burnside, a major city arterial, where runners and walkers must negotiate three lanes of heavy traffic with short sight lines.
At the request of a local citizens group, founded by architect Andrew Wheeler, Ed Carpenter developed the bridge design represented here, with consultation from KPFF Engineers. This project is currently the subject of funding efforts by various organizations. Carpenter is a daily Wildwood Trail runner and 40-year survivor of the crossing at West Burnside.
This initiative has been adopted as a capital project by the Portland Parks Foundation. Donate or volunteer here: www.portlandpf.org/footbridge-over-burnside/
Carpenter’s design evokes imagery of the sword ferns and vine maples lining the entire length of the Wildwood Trail. In addition it strives to honor the following design objectives:
• Seamless experience for walkers/runners
• Fit into forest context
• Minimally intrusive
• Reasonable cost
• Off-site fabrication & quick erection
• Easy to maintain
Ed Carpenter Studio
1812 NW 24th Avenue
Portland, Oregon USA 97210
Tel: 503 224 6729
Fax: 503 241 3142