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After 14 years of restoration and five years of planning the park with community members, Chehalem Ridge Nature Park's gates are open.
At 1,260 acres, Chehalem Ridge is Metro's second biggest park, bigger even than Oxbow Regional Park. Picnic shelters and tables, along with a grass field, provide a jump-off point to the park.
Ten trails stretch 10 miles, offering out-andback hikes and bike and horseback rides as long as 8 miles and loops as short as one.
The restoration isn't done. When Metro purchased the property, it had been a commercial timber farm. On each visit, you can see the park transforming from a dense monoculture of Douglas fir to a dynamic series of habitats rich with plants and animals.
Chehalem Ridge Nature Park exists thanks to voters investing in nature. Voters said yes to parks and nature bond measures that allowed Metro to purchase much of the park in 2010 and begin restoring the land, and then building the park.
Come see your new park! It's waiting for you.