Breaking a trail in Beaverton

November 5, 2012 by  

Oregonians enjoy being outside, despite the often rainy weather, and a report dated October 30, illustrates this fact once again. Metro, which is the elected regional government of the Portland, Oregon area – an area that includes Beaverton – asked for public feedback on its plan to further develop the Westside Trail.

Approximately nine miles of the planned 25-mile trail are complete, but finishing the project will depend on whether or not land and financing can be acquired. The trail is very popular with residents, however, and the local support has Metro officials enthusiastic about the trail’s future. When completed, the Westside Trail will run from near the St. John’s Bridge over the Willamette River in Portland to the Tualatin River, where it runs west of King City, Oregon. The trail runs north-south through Beaverton.

The trail follows a north-south corridor of power lines, but will require additional construction projects, such as bridges and switchbacks to connect sections of the trail and make it easier to use. The trail is open to pedestrians and non-motorized vehicles only and gives Beaverton residents their first “significant non-motorized option” for north-south travel.

The trail is designed with several purposes in mind. It will give residents an alternative to driving to and from work, but it will also allow people to study and enjoy nature, and encourage preservation of wetlands and other habitats.

Metro and partnering towns and municipalities could print flyers to mail to residents announcing meetings where they can give their feedback. They could also use brochure printers to explain the benefits of the trail, as well as a map of the entire route.