By the end of summer 2012, a trail will link Lake Oswego's Luscher Farm to the city of West Linn.
Progress continues to be made in constructing the Rosemont Road Pathway, which now runs from Luscher through Firlane Farm, another Lake Oswego property.
When finished, the path will run through Lake Oswego's Rosemont Arena property to the city of West Linn boundary. A small trailhead on the West Linn side will provide benches and an informational kiosk; eventually, the trail will extend along Carriage Way in West Linn to connect to the city's Marylhurst Heights Park.
The pathway project has been in the works for the past decade.
Jay Minor, former Three Rivers Land Conservancy president, a member of the Stafford Hamlet board and an area trails advocate, said he is pleased the project is again moving forward.
'This is the culmination of 10 years of hard work by so many groups and people,' he said. 'I am just thrilled with the generosity of our donors and particularly with the help that Clackamas County transportation staff have provided.'
The Rosemont pathway will provide a safe way for residents of Lake Oswego, West Linn and surrounding areas to connect and access parks and open spaces without having to use their cars. Rosemont Road, where the pathway is being constructed, is a narrow and busy county road without space for pedestrians or cyclists. Clackamas County has no plans or funds to improve or widen it.
The pathway, which crosses a rural area of Clackamas County and offers a bucolic agricultural setting minutes from urban centers, will also provide a new option for pedestrians, joggers, dog walkers and bird watchers.
Initial planning efforts led to the construction of a 12-foot-wide trail next to Luscher Farm and a trail from Stafford Road to Cooks Butte. A few years ago, Three Rivers Land Conservancy began planning and designing the next section of trail but ran out of money. After merging with Three Rivers, Columbia Land Trust renewed the effort.
Now, a 6-foot-wide paved trail is being built as a partnership between Columbia Land Trust, Clackamas County and the city of West Linn.
A grant program funded by the federal government and administrated by the state will help pay for the project. Additional funding has been provided by a 2006 Metro bond measure, private foundations and donations and in-kind assistance from the West Linn Parks and Recreation Department and Clackamas County Transportation Department.
Columbia Land Trust still needs to raise more than $50,000 to complete the trail and include all of the proposed amenities. To donate money or purchase a brick to support the project, visit columbialandtrust.org/our-work/nature-close-to-home-1/rosemont-trail or call 503-224-3601 or 360-213-1207.