The Rock Creek Trail has just grown significantly longer thanks to the efforts of the Hillsboro Parks & Recreation Department.

On Earth Day — Saturday, April 20 — the agency will celebrate the completion of an extension of the Rock Creek Trail. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the entrance to Cherry Lane off Cornelius Pass Road. by: HILLSBORO TRIBUNE PHOTO: DOUG BURKHARDT - The Rock Creek Trail, shown here where it takes off from Northwest Amberwood Drive, is being lengthened by another two-thirds of a mile.

A ribbon cutting, trail walks disc golf and a planting project are planned.

The Rock Creek Trail is planned as a major trail corridor in Hillsboro, beginning north of Highway 26 and running to Rock Creek’s confluence with the Tualatin River, a distance of nearly eight miles. It currently runs from Rock Creek Boulevard north of Highway 26 down to Orchard Park, a distance of about 1.5 miles.

The extension adds two-thirds of a mile to the trail, from Orchard Park south to Wilkins Street and west to Cherry Lane. It provides more connections to neighborhoods and employment areas. From Wilkins, people will be able to connect to the Quatama light rail station.

The trail is being built in accordance with federal guidelines for bicycle and pedestrian trails, as well as Americans with Disabilities Act access. It is 10 feet wide, with a two-foot clearance on each side of grass or gravel.

The extension is being funded primarily with a $1.3 million federal Metropolitan Transportation Improvement Program grant. Local funds are available to provide at least a 10 percent match to help pay for the project.

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