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Wood Village seeks grant funding to improve trail system connections

It’s been a few years since the city of Wood Village started an improvement project for the trail system connecting the area through McMenamins Edgefield and Troutdale to the Sandy River.

The city has received about $20,000 from Metro, the regional government, for the project, and has about $11,000 put away from its own resources. Records Manager Greg Dirks said about $73,000 is needed to complete the entire improvement project.

“It connects so residents can use the trail to get to (Edgefield) and not just walk along Halsey Street,” Dirks said.

When completed, it will connect the Wood Village System with those in place in Troutdale and Fairview, creating an option to take the trail to the 40-mile loop or head to the Sandy River.

To reach the goals, the city has to continue to raise funds and apply for grants.

“(The City Council) authorized the city administrator to file a grant application with the state parks and recreation department and also endorsed the project,” Dirks said of a council action at the March 26 meeting.

The parks and recreation grant requires a 20 percent match. Dirks said the city could use funds already secured to fill that requirement. The Local Government Grant Program grant could provide a little more than $40,000 — bringing the city’s total resources to $73,500.

Dirks said city officials are hopeful, but because this is not the first grant the city has applied for, there’s a chance the city may not be successful.

If the funding is awarded, the project will carve out a path in a hill, creating switchbacks to replace a steep incline. Dirks said planners are working to make the entire path ADA accessible — a goal the city has for all of its pathways.

“A lot of the trail system, you can have a wheelchair on,” he said. “A big section of our trail is already engineered wood fiber, something we pushed for a few years ago.”

The wood fiber looks similar to other trail materials, but the fibers connect with each other to create a more solid surface.

Dirks said the city should know by early September if the application is approved. If it is, work on the project can begin in spring 2016.

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