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SW Trails is a community group which promotes walking and biking in southwest Portland, Oregon by:

  1. Leading regular monthly hikes
  2. Organizing volunteer work parties to build and maintain trails
  3. Developing new walking and biking opportunities (e.g. the 4-T trail, the Red Electric trail) by working with city, county and state planners.
  4. Advocating for walking/biking
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Fall Winter Leaf Blowing Priorities from the perspective of SWTrails

The trails of SW Portland are being covered by falling leaves.  SW Trails thinks that Portland Parks should take responsibility for cleaning some trails, and that SW Trails should take responsibility for other trails.  Here are our recommended priorities: Continue reading

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Agenda for the Oct 30th Meeting

Agenda for the Oct 30th Meeting:

1. Review of the West Side Tri Met service plan.
Tom Mills will rejoin us to discuss the draft recommendations for the greater SW Region. If you have not yet taken the TRIMET on line survey you can do so at:

Southwest Service Enhancement Plan
Draft Vision for Future Service

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Sandy Diedrich Environmental Stewardship Award to Don Baack

Spirit of Portland Awards

Sandy Diedrich Environmental Stewardship Award:

Don Baack with SW Trails

City of Portland will recognize the 30th Annual Spirit of Portland Award winners at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center on Thursday, November 6, 2014.

The Spirit of Portland Awards recognize local individuals and organizations who have demonstrated an outstanding dedication to positive change in our community. Award winners are those who have not only worked to improve the community, but who have also gone above and beyond a dedication to civic engagement in order to make a lasting impact. Continue reading

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Iowa St Trail re-opening walk

HILLSDALE TO THE RIVER SOUTH WALK CELEBRATING THE REOPENING OF URBAN TRAIL 3 under I5 at the recently rebuilt Iowa Street structure. (Which will officially be open November 1, 2014.

We gathered in the Rieke parking lot for juice and goodies provided by ODOT. Following brief comments by Susan Hansen of ODOT, and Don Baack, 28 of us fast and slow walkers proceeded to walk the trail on our SW streets, through George Himes park to the new stairs and rebuilt trail under the I5 freeway.

This portion of the Iowa Street Trail was built by ODOT.  You may better know ODOT (the Oregon Department of Transportation) as a builder of highways.

This portion of the Iowa Street Trail was built by ODOT. You may better know ODOT (the Oregon Department of Transportation) as a builder of highways.

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SW Trails September 24, 2014 minutes

Present: Don Baack, Doug Burke, John Gibbons, Rick Kappler, John Morris, Barbara Stedman, Barbara Bowers, Brett Horner, Denver Igarta, Liz Marantz, Sharon Fekety, Hans Steuch

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Self-guided walking tour of SW Watershed

Southwest Watershed Resource Center has prepared a self-guided walking tour of the SW Portland watershed. You can download a map, or pick one up at the Watershed Resource office office which is within the SWNI office in the
Multnomah Arts Center Room #5, 7688 SW Capitol Hwy.
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SW Trails monthly urban hike Nov 8

Mark Turner will lead the monthly walk on Saturday, Nov. 8.  It will be about 6 miles with 400 feet elevation gain.  The theme of this walk is an introduction to six of the Southwest Portland “Little Free Libraries”. If you are unfamiliar with the Little Free Library concept, go to LittleFreeLibrary.org.  Usually there is a container of books in front of someone’s house where you may pick up a book and bring another back to share.

We will meet behind the bleachers at Wilson High School and be ready to go at 9:00 am.  (Sunset Blvd. and Capitol Highway)  Bring a snack and water and dress for the weather.  Well behaved, leashed dogs are allowed.  For health reasons, there is no smoking on SW Trails walks.  For more information, contact Sharon Fekety (fekety@hevanet.com).

Sponsored by Hillsdale Neighborhood Association

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Iowa trail won’t be open until the end of October

Hi Sharon and Don,
Since the Iowa trail won’t be open until the end of October, as we have talked about, I wanted to ask if you would update your website to reflect that information.

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Himes Park Bucket Brigade

The trail through Himes Park, the Iowa street trail, is re-opening at the end of October after having been closed for the past 4 years due to freeway construction.    This time the trail has been built by our government.  But it is worth remembering back to 1996 when volunteers re-surfaced the trail with the bucket brigade. SW Trails encouraged everyone walking along the trail to volunteer by carrying a bucket of grave.

We set up signs encouraging walkers to fill a bucket and help with the graveling of the trail.   The idea was to load the bucket with as much gravel they thought they could carry,  dump it on the trail where it was needed, and then carry the empty bucket to the next gravel site.    (See the photos below.)    We obtained 30 two gallon buckets with plastic handles, and  6 five gallon buckets.  We put 10 buckets at each gravel pile near the signs.  We began by spray painting along the trail in the areas where we most needed gravel.   But as the bucket brigade got underway,  it became evident we could gravel the entire trail, so we changed the instructions to indicate that they should go to where there was no gravel on the trail.

Here are some pictures of that endeavor.

Help SW Trails gravel the Trail. Fill a Bucket - as much as you can carry. Carry it to the end of the new gravel where it is needed. Dump your bucket on the trail. Carry your bucket to the next gravel mound.

Help SW Trails gravel the Trail.
Fill a Bucket – as much as you can carry.
Carry it to the end of the new gravel where it is needed.
Dump your bucket on the trail.
Carry your bucket to the next gravel mound.

Volunteers at the uphill trailhead near Terwilliger.

Volunteers at the uphill trailhead near Terwilliger.

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Portland trails built outside of SW Portland

SW Trails isn’t the only organization building trails in Portland.  Volunteers, over 900 of them, built trails in Forest Park this summer.

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