Feisty Trail Meeting in Lake O

Metro planned for 40-50 attendees at last night’s workshop on the trail portion of the Willamette Shoreline transit/trail alternatives analysis. They got a substantially larger turnout, apparently due to outreach among neighborhoods along the alignment.

The small-group format, designed to answer the planners’ questions about project parameters, went out the window as attendees politely but persistently posed questions about security and access if a bike/ped trail uses the current rail alignment (which in some cases runs through individual home lots). The questions also focused on ownership, easements and the legal status of the alignment if rail operations are moved to a different alignment.

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Metro planned for 40-50 attendees at last night’s workshop on the trail portion of the Willamette Shoreline transit/trail alternatives analysis. They got a substantially larger turnout, apparently due to outreach among neighborhoods along the alignment.

The small-group format, designed to answer the planners’ questions about project parameters, went out the window as attendees politely but persistently posed questions about security and access if a bike/ped trail uses the current rail alignment (which in some cases runs through individual home lots). The questions also focused on ownership, easements and the legal status of the alignment if rail operations are moved to a different alignment.

After the initial Q&A period, the group did individually review the presentation boards, ask questions of staff and complete the comment cards.

The group that reconvened at the end of the meeting was smaller, and clearly had a different orientation. When SW Trails advocate (and project advisory committee member) Don Baack said in response to a question about rail/trail tradeoffs “There ain’t no way there won’t be a trail” he got an ovation from the remaining group.

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