The future Westside Trail will create new connections among communities in Washington County with a north-south route between the Tualatin and Willamette rivers.
A hundred people attended the May 2013 open houses to learn about the proposed route for the Westside Trail.
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Someday, the Westside Trail will travel through urban and rural landscapes connecting the Willamette River near Forest Park to the Tualatin River at Tigard and King City – and neighborhoods, businesses and schools along the way.
Metro is working together with residents, cities, park districts and community organizations to create a vision for a trail that will provide a continuous north-south route. Eventually, the trail will connect with portions already completed by the Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District and other regional trails including the future Ice Age Tonquin Trail and the Rock Creek Trail.
Thanks to feedback from the public and project partners, the blueprint for the 25-mile north-south trail is nearing completion. Following open houses in May and October 2012, the project team evaluated the safety of crossings at major roadways, identified potential funding opportunities and developed a recommended timeline for construction. The team is also working on a plan to improve habitat for wildlife along the trail.
A third round of open houses took place on May 8 and 14 to share the proposed route and show how it will connect to surrounding communities.
Input from the meetings will help the team finalize the master plan. Once complete, the plan will be presented the Metro Council for approval.
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A project advisory committee made up of representatives from the participating jurisdictions, project partners, residents and technical advisers are helping shape the master plan. The committee reviews project information and will make recommendations on the trail alignment, design, funding, phasing, development, operations and maintenance. Committee members will also serve as project liaisons representing the interests and perspectives of their respective jurisdictions, organizations and constituents.
Trails help build vibrant, healthy communities. As car, gas and insurance prices rise, the percentage of household dollars going to transportation significantly increases. The Westside Trail will offer an affordable, healthy alternative to driving by providing safe biking and walking opportunities. The trail will also promote healthy activities and increased access to nature. The trail will help the local economy by attracting businesses that want to locate near trails to attract and retain employees interested in alternative commute options.
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