Important! The City Proposed Trails Policy will have a hearing at 9:30 am on October 14th in City Hall.
Here is Glenn Bridger’s testimony about the Trails policy (pdf version)
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2015, 9:00 AM
The November 14 walk will be led by Hans Steuch. From Wilson High School, we will carpool to Jackson Middle School. Then we’ll walk east through Maricara and Foley-Balmer Natural Areas to Marshall Park. We’ll follow SWUrban Trail #7 to walk on Arnold Creek neighborhood streets past Stephenson School where we’ll inspect the swales/extended shoulder work on Stephenson St. Then we’ll walk through Loll Wildwood Natural Area to return to Jackson Middle School. The walk will be about 5 miles with about 300 feet elevation gain. Continue reading
Dear Mayor Hales and City Commissioners:
Here are my thoughts on the Community Initiated Trails Policy. Thank you very much for considering them. Continue reading
The Portland City Council is considering the trails policy on Wednesday. SW Trails will be presenting some amendments to the trails policy. In addition SW Trails (Hans Steuch and Patty Barker) will be submitting the following testimony (22 pages of it) about the wisdom of adopting these amendments, Lee Buhler will present some additional testimony, Glenn Bridger has provided some written testimony and John Gould will add more testimony.
SW Trails worked with Portland Parks for the Parke Diem event where a steep section of the trail in the Foley-Balmer Park was replaced this a gentler meandering trail.
New alignment for trail that is not as steep as previous trail. SW Trails volunteer is transplanting sword ferns that are in trail alignment.
Same place two hours later shows that the work party made progress roughing in the trail.
On Thursday October 8th, the SWTrails PDX Board unanimously approved the attached proposed amendments to the Draft Trails Policy scheduled for a Council Hearing on Oct 14th.
We feel the draft policy is unworkable and if adopted as presented will simply delay any maintenance or improvements of our pedestrian infrastructure for 6 months to a year until it is changed to the point citizens will want once again move forward with volunteer efforts.
To take advantage of the limitation in ORS liability law, it is our understanding a non profit must be involved. SWTrails stands ready to enthusiastically work with PBOT as a partner under the conditions we propose in our amendments.
We ask the City Council incorporate these changes into the policy at this time.
Please mark you calendars October 14, 2015 9:30 am in City Hall. We need you to be present and testify on behalf of SWTrails. Please prepare yes and no cards so the City Council knows when you support testimony or not.
We have prepared a number of talking points, we would be pleased to share them with our supporters. If you are willing to join our effort, please contact Don Baack at 503-246-2088 so we can get you information on talking points, SW Trails proposed amendments and additional viewpoints.
The SWTrails PDX Board will meet at 3pm in the Watershed on October 8th at 3pm to decide on the response to the draft Trails Policy going to the Portland City Council on October 14, 2015 9:30 am in City Hall.