Visitors to Canemah Bluff Nature Park in Oregon City can now take advantage of a new scenic overlook, footbridge and improved trails.
The new overlook provides a safe, scenic vantage point to gaze at the river. And a new boardwalk and footbridge keeps your feet a little less muddy while reducing the impact on natural resources, too.
Before construction began last fall, contractors first drilled rock anchors into the face of the basalt cliff, knitting the rock together to boost the geological stability of the site.
Wetlands along Oregon 99E in the southern portion of the site are once again able to store water and support habitat. Crews last fall removed 135 cubic yards of concrete, asphalt and other debris that was dumped in the wetland prior to
Metro ownership. The debris – the equivalent of about 14 dump trucks – was disposed off-site.
In its place, boulders and down wood provide habitat for wildlife. The wetland was seeded with native grasses and sedges. Crews last fall planted willow stakes and bundles for erosion control.
The improvements were possible thanks to voter investments in the parks and natural areas levy in 2013.