The City Council is meeting this coming Wednesday October 30th at 9:30 AM at Portland City Hall. Portland Parks and Recreation will be presenting the trail alignment to the City Council followed by public testimony.
This is OUR opportunity to let the Council know our thoughts on the proposed alignment.
We feel the major talking points are:
Creating a world class trail as a transportation and recreation facility,
Support for the proposed alignment from Kelley Point Park through Pier Park,
Work to procure ownership/easement through or along Crown Cork and Seal property (just westerly of N Lombard) to access the Baltimore Woods section,
Support the Cathedral Park to Swan Island section with the addition of a ramp up to the Waud Bluff Bridge which would provide better bicycle access, and to show a future connection to the BNSF railroad bridge to connect the west side of the river,
Insist Council remove N Greeley (east side) as a consideration as it is a high speed, heavily used truck route environment and is therefore dangerous and noisy; is not near the river; and if built would be expensive and provide little incentive to pursue riverfront location (see #6 below),
Emphasize the CEMENT ROAD alignment from Swan Island to the south (through the Union Pacific Railroad yard) as the closest and most convenient route for commuters and those wishing to be along the river— emphasize either a shared route or ask them to bridge the tracks (Eugene has 3 bridges across the Willamette River, New York City uses old commuter bridges),
Use the Larrabee overpass/ramp instead of having users cross N Interstate —emphasize safety,
Support for the alignment along the river by the old Thunderbird Motel site across from the Veterans Memorial Coliseum and the Rose Garden.
Please CONTACT your CITY COUNCIL Now!!!
Here is the list of the City Council members along with their email addresses: