Work to rehabilitate section of Columbia Slough Trail finished

Accessibility improvements were funded by $1 million in parks system development charges include.

A newly paved trail travels in between dense forests along the Columbia Slough Trail.

The paved trail will also give first-responders better access in case of emergencies.

Photo by Portland Parks & Recreation

The Columbia Slough Trail has received some much-needed TLC.

Before, the path that follows the slow-moving offshoot of the Columbia River was rutted with roots, muddy, and under siege by encroaching vegetation, especially in the Big Four Corners Natural Area.

Following the completion of a recent improvement project funded by $1 million in parks system development charges, the nearly mile-long segment is now paved, reducing maintenance needs moving forward.

“The project brings this popular trail into compliance with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards,” said Commissioner Dan Ryan. “It also makes the trail more appealing for people walking, pushing strollers, and using mobility devices.”

Environmental restoration work is ongoing, with the goal of enhancing habitat and water quality in the Morrow Pond area for the benefit of western painted turtles and other wildlife. This significant natural resource is also part of the original 40-Mile Loop trail system.

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