Council approves additional funding for project

There is a funding gap in the Rosemont Trail project and West Linn is looking to help fill it in.

In March 2007, the city entered into an agreement with Metro for a series of projects. One of those projects is the Rosemont Trail, a 1.1-mile trail linking Lake Oswego’s Luscher Farm to West Linn.

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.

At the time, $150,000 of West Linn local share funds was allocated toward the project, whose total cost is estimated at $500,000. The remainder of the project is funded through a partnership with Clackamas County, Columbia Land Trust the city of Lake Oswego and a few grants. However, there is still a projected shortfall of about $75,000.

The city of West Linn originally anticipated spending $50,000 on the design, engineering and ancillary costs such as tree removal and construction staking. That would leave the city $100,000 to contribute toward the total construction budget.

Since that time, the city has learned its expenses for design will not exceed $29,000. So, the city amended its contract with Columbia Land Trust to include the remaining $21,000 as part of its dedicated $150,000 along with an extra $25,000 contribution from the city’s park system development charges funds to help with the project’s shortfall.

The West Linn City Council approved the contract amendment during its Feb. 11 meeting. Councilor Thomas Frank was the lone vote against the amendment, saying he could not support spending the city’s SDC funds on a project outside city boundaries.

The purpose of the pathway is to 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.

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