Gresham's 'crown jewel' offers views of area peaks starting Saturday, September 23.

CITY OF GRESHAM PHOTO - Towering 930 feet above the city, Hogan Butte Nature Park in Gresham is perched on top of a extinct volcano.Explore Gresham's newest park perched atop an extinct volcano during the grand opening of Hogan Butte Nature Park this weekend.

The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23. Visitors will be able to experience stunning views of Mount Hood, Mount Saint Helens, Mount Adams, Mount Rainier and the Columbia River Gorge, while also taking self-guided tours and participating in family-friendly activities.

"Hogan Butte Nature Park will quickly become Gresham's crown jewel," said Gresham Mayor Shane Bemis. "I am so proud to open this amenity for our residents to take in its sweeping views of every nearby mountain, the Columbia River Gorge and the city of Gresham."

The 46-acre park, located at the end of Southeast Gabbert Road off Regner Road, has towering native trees and a dense understory of sword ferns and salmonberry. There is a half-mile interpretive loop trail that winds through the forest to the top of the butte — an elevation of 930 feet — which is paved and ADA-accessible.

The park has educational signage, picnic shelter and tables, and a restroom.

Hogan Butte is part of the Boring Lava Field and the "East Buttes" — a cluster stretching from southeast Portland to Damascus. Gresham is one of the few places in the country with extinct volcanoes within city limits.

The city began the process for acquiring the land on Hogan Butte more than 25 years ago, using a 1990 city bond measure and two Metro bonds to secure funding. The park was completed thanks to the combined efforts from Gresham citizens, the U.S. Forest Service and the Buttes Conservancy. Metro and Oregon State Parks were important funding partners.

The grand opening will have a bird demonstration by the Audubon Society, scavenger hunt with prizes, and an activity table to create keepsakes. Because there are limited parking spaces available at the butte, visitors are asked to park at Springwater Trail High School, 1440 S.E. Fleming Ave. Shuttles will depart every 15 minutes starting at 10:30 a.m.