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Trails open house set Nov. 12

Hillsboro Parks and Rec seeks input on trail system master plan

What will the future of Hillsboro look like for walkers and bicyclists?

Hillsboro Parks and Recreation invites citizens to be a part of that conversation at the first of three Hillsboro Trails System Master Plan open houses on Wednesday, Nov. 12 from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Hillsboro Main Library, 2850 N.E. Brookwood Parkway.

The department is working on a master plan to guide the development of an interconnected trail and pathway system that includes a variety of trails for a variety of uses. The plan will also respond to community needs for connectivity, livability, healthy recreation and active transportation.

“We’re gathering information (from the public) about what they’re seeking,” said Mary Loftin, Community Resources Manager at Parks and Recreation.

Work has already been done by a Citizens Advisory Committee and a Technical Advisory Committee, Loftin said. “This is the first time taking this to the greater population,” she added.

Several existing trails, including the Rock Creek and Council Creek trails will figure into a master plan, Loftin said. But the plan is also a larger vision for an off-street trail system the will connect the city.

Loftin said the department is also seeking input on “trails that don’t even exist,” in the future South Hillsboro residential and commercial area and in the North Hillsboro Industrial sector.

Meetings on the trails master plan are also slated for Feb. 15 and May 20, 2015, 6 to 8 p.m., both at the Hillsboro Main Library.

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