The Task Force, in consultation with the University and the City, has developed a design concept plan for the median space on Madison Avenue between 9th and 11th Streets. This space--approximately five hundred feet long--will become a pedestrian walkway, called The Gateway Walk.
The vegetation currently in place will be removed and upgraded. A spacious sidewalk will be installed between dwarf boxwood hedges.
When completed, the Gateway Walk will have benches for lingering; historical plaques similar to the ones found elsewhere along Madison Avenue; and outdoor sculpture pieces. At either end of this promenade (at the 9th and 11th Street intersections), there will be small plazas featuring more seating, interpretive displays and light standards that will also bear Corvallis and OSU banners. Proceeding west along the The Gateway Walk from 9th Street, one will have an unobstructed view of the traditional entrance to the OSU campus. To the east, the view will be toward The Arts Center and downtown Corvallis. From the 11th Street plaza the view to the west will be into the beautiful OSU Lower Campus with Benton Hall beyond. To the east, one will be able to look down the entire length of the walkway toward downtown.
The concept plan for this campus-community connection has been approved by both OSU and the City of Corvallis. Detailed site plans and cost estimates have been developed. The Task Force and the OSU Foundation have launched a fundraising drive to raise the $327,500 needed to complete the project. Donations and pledges for more than 80% of this amount have already been received!! If you would like to make a donation, make out a check to MATF Gateway Walk Fund c/o OSU Foundation and mail it to:
Corvallis, OR 97339