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Two segments of Rock Creek Regional Trail open to public

With the opening of two new segments in the Bethany/Rock Creek area, walkers, runners and bicyclists now have more than three miles of continuous Rock Creek Regional Trail to enjoy within the Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation District.

Funded by the district’s $100 million, voter-approved bond measure from 2008, the two paved pathways total 0.71 miles and nearly complete the Rock Creek Trail within park district boundaries. The segment brings the district’s completed portion of the trail to 3.52 miles of paved surface, said Bob Wayt, park district spokesman.

The first new segment stretches east to west for 0.45 miles along the Rock Creek Greenway, connecting Northwest Kaiser Road to its intersection with the north-south Westside Regional Trail. A newly installed, rapid-flashing beacon is designed to enhance safety for trail users as they cross Kaiser.

The second new segment encompasses 0.26 miles, linking Bethany Lake Park to Northwest West Union Road. A new signalized traffic light permits safe crossing of Northwest 185th Avenue, and another rapid-flashing beacon assists crossing at West Union near Northwest Kahneeta Drive.

“This is another significant milestone in the continuing expansion of our popular trails system,” said park district General Manager Doug Menke. “These new segments fill in what were gaps in the trail and improve the overall trail experience for our users. Plus, the flashing beacons and signalized traffic light make it safer to cross busy streets.”

The district is expanding its trail connections further on its north end as part of a multiyear initiative to create a 10-mile, mostly continuous trail backbone extending from the Portland Community College Rock Creek Campus area to Barrows Road in South Beaverton, Wayt said. This summer, the district will begin filling gaps in the Waterhouse Community Trail between Merlo Road and Joscelyn Street north of Sunset Highway.

The district also plans to complete a link from the Waterhouse Trail to the Rock Creek Trail in the Bethany area as well as the Westside Trail south of the Tualatin Hills Nature Park, a project started in 2012.



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