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Canemah Bluff makeover includes new overlook

Improved trails part of work completed at Metro-owned site

PHOTO COURTESY METRO - A new overlook at the Canemah Bluff Nature Park offers visitors sweeping views of the Willamette River and West Linn.Visitors to Canemah Bluff Nature Park in Oregon City now can take advantage of a new scenic overlook, footbridge and trails.

The new overlook provides a safe, scenic vantage to gaze at the river and neighboring West Linn. And a new boardwalk and footbridge keeps your feet from getting muddy while reducing the impact on natural resources.

Before construction began last fall, contractors first drilled rock anchors into the face of the basalt cliff, knitting the rock together to boost the geological stability of the site.

Wetlands along Oregon Highway 99E in the southern portion of the site are once again able to store water and support habitat. Crews last fall removed 135 cubic yards of concrete, asphalt and other debris that was dumped in the wetland prior to Metro ownership. The debris — the equivalent of about 14 dump trucks — was disposed off-site.

In its place, boulders and wood provide habitat for wildlife. The wetland was seeded with native grasses and sedges. Crews last fall planted willow stakes and bundles for erosion control.

The $300,000 project was possible thanks to voter investments in the parks-and-natural-areas levy in 2013.

Yuxing Zheng is a writer on the staff of Metro, the regional government of greater Portland. Her reporting does not necessarily represent the opinions of Metro staff or the Metro Council. Read more at oregonmetro.gov/news.