Wednesday is international Walk+Bike to School Day

Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation District crews completed a temporary trail north of Bonny Slope Elementary School to accommodate international Walk + Bike to School Day on Wednesday, Oct. 9.

The wood-chip trail, which runs through property the park district recently purchased, connects Northwest 117th Avenue to an existing trail linking South Drive to the school at 11775 N.W. McDaniel Street in Portland.

“The temporary trail enables children from the neighborhood north of Bonny Slope to safely walk to school,” said Hal Bergsma, the district's director of planning. “Of course, anyone else is welcome to use it, too, but it’s especially timely with school back in session and Walk+Bike to School Day happening this week.”

International Walk+Bike to School Day encourages children, parents, teachers and community members to improve their health and their communities by traveling to school on foot or by bike.

The Park District’s Maintenance Operations Department coordinated and supervised construction of the trail in cooperation with a Washington County Sheriff’s Office work crew.

A community representative who is organizing the local Walk-to-School effort requested the trail.

“It was a logical request given the timing of events and our acquisition of the property,” Bergsma said. “We’re a community-minded park district and were happy to help.”

Eventually, the Park District will replace the temporary pathway with a paved trail to the north end of the school from both South Drive and 117th. The district expects to complete that work in 2014 or 2015.

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