Plan aims to connect link from Forest Park to Tualatin River

Metro has scheduled two public open houses this week to help design the Westside Trail, a 25-mile continuous pedestrian and bike path from Forest Park in Portland through Washington County to the Tualatin River near King City.

According to the regional government, the goal is create an uninterrupted, car-free north-south connection for work, shopping and recreation for walkers and bicyclists. It will travel between homes and businesses in some of the fastest growing areas of Washington County, while also providing improved access to the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge, the Tualatin Hills Nature Park and the Willamette River Greenway.

According to the current plan, the trail will eventually connect with portions already completed by the Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation District and other regional trails, including the future Tonquin Trail and the Rock Creek Trail.

Planning is being done with the help of a project advisory committee that include representatives of King City, Washington County, the City of Tigard, the Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation District, Portland Parks and Recreation, the Bonneville Power Administration, Portland General Electric, Multnomah County, the Forest Park Conservancy, and Metro.

The committee reviews project information and will make recommendations on the trail alignment, design, funding, phasing, development, operations and maintenance. Committee members will also serve as project liaisons representing the interests and perspectives of their respective jurisdictions, organizations and constituents.

Here is the schedule for the two Westside Trail open houses:

• Wednesday, May 30, 6 to 8 p.m., Stoller Middle School cafeteria, 14141 N.W. Laidlaw Road, Portland.

• Thursday, May 31, 6 to 8 p.m., Deer Creek Elementary School cafeteria, 16155 SW 131st Ave, Tigard.

For more information about the project, including a map of the proposed route, visit .

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