Council Creek Trail planners want input on routes, materials, more

Should the Hillsboro-to-Forest Grove segment of the new Council Creek Trail run close to the Tualatin Valley Highway? Or should it run along the old rail line just to the north? How about along Holladay Street? Or along Council Creek itself?

And what should the trail look like?

Trail planners want people to voice their opinions at an open house next Wednesday, June 4, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Forest Grove Community Auditorium, 1915 Main St.

The 15-mile Council Creek Trail has been discussed for more than a decade but it was only a few years ago that stakeholders took the first concrete steps to create it. A $218,444 grant from the Federal Aid Urban Surface Transportation Program is funding the planning process, with the help of local match money from Forest Grove, Hillsboro, and Cornelius. The total planning project cost is estimated at $243,446. Forest Grove is taking the lead in planning, with cooperation from Hillsboro, Cornelius, Banks, Metro and Washington County.

Trail planners will be on hand next Wednesday to hear public comment about the trail, which will run from Hillsboro through Cornelius and Forest Grove, then north to Banks and the Banks-Vernonia Trail.

With the pubic’s help, a master plan will identify the preferred route for the trail and various design details such as its width and surface material.

At the open house, members of the project team will also discuss bridges and road crossings along the trail, project costs and funding possibilities.

The team expects to complete the master plan by September 2015.

For more information, go to or contact Project Manager Derek Robbins at 503-992-3292 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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