The $1.6 million ConnectOregon grant helped join a missing link in Tualatin’s active transportation network, which runs 4.7 miles through Tualatin, Durham and Tigard. The new link offers views of the river, trees and an adjacent wetland all while crossing under Interstate 5.
A public-private partnership that connects 67,000 nearby residents to jobs and retail, the Tualatin River Greenway Trail provides safe and convenient multimodal access across I-5, a route for which no safe connection previously existed. The trail is a wide bicycle and walking path that meanders through trees, near the river and past wetlands, connecting people with nature while enabling easy exercise, recreation, wildlife viewing, and a much safer and more relaxing way to commute.
The project included removal of invasive, non-native plants on more than two acres on the south bank of the river, replaced by trees and shrubs designed to improve water quality, fish habitat, soil conservation, air quality and natural beauty.
“The trail fills a gap in our active transportation system, promotes health and wellness, and connects people with nature,” says Tualatin Mayor Lou Ogden. “Thankfully, the ConnectOregon grant leveraged other funding.”
The project tapped numerous partnerships, including private land owners, local businesses, and regional and county funding programs. Construction began in summer 2015. The new trail section opened in February 2016. The project also received an Excellence in Sustainability Award for green infrastructure from the American Planning Association and the Oregon Recreation and Parks Association’s Design Award, which recognizes superior architectural or landscape design and design processes for new or renovated parks or facilities.