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Bethany input sought for Westside Trail work

Park district hosts meeting for proposed connections


The Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation District has scheduled an open house to gather input from Bethany-area residents about a proposed new segment of the Westside Regional Trail.

The open house will be held Wednesday, Dec. 12, in THPRD’s Dryland Training Center at 15707 S.W. Walker Road. It will run from 6 to 7:30 p.m. and include a presentation by park district staff.

The proposed segment, to be designed and built by the park district in partnership with the Oregon Department of Transportation and Bonneville Power Administration, will provide an important link in the regional trail system.

It will offer a connection between the Rock Creek Regional Trail and Northwest Kaiser Road with links to adjacent neighborhoods and the park district’s Hansen Ridge Park. The new trail will be located along the existing BPA corridor south of Kaiser Woods Natural Area near Bethany.

Design and construction of the three-quarter-mile trail segment will be funded by Metro, THPRD and ODOT. The 10-foot-wide design will accommodate cyclists and pedestrians and include a bridge over Bronson Creek and boardwalks to span wetlands.

Final design and permitting of the trail is expected to be completed in early 2014, with trail construction anticipated in summer 2014, said Bob Wayt, park district spokesman.

For more information, visit thprd.org or call 503-645-6433.