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Beaverton dispatch: A renewed pump track and a carfree bridge over Highway 26?


Eichler Park Pump Track is getting a big upgrade!
(Photos: Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District)

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If you live, work, ride or breath the air in Washington County, there are two projects we want to put on your radar: An expansion of the off-road pump track at Eichler Park and a planning process for a new carfree bridge over Highway 26.

Eichler Park Pump Track

The pump track via Google Maps.

Eichler Park is about 10 miles west of Portland City Hall on SW Farmington Road and Menlo Drive. Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District is partnering with Portland-based Northwest Trails Alliance to expand the pump track, which has been open since at least 2009. The last major update to the track was completed in 2011.

According to THPRD, “The bike track will be extended toward the south end of the park to improve safety. This expansion will add more space between riders, promote access to a variety of skill levels, and improve the overall function of the bike track.” With NWTA builders in the mix, you know the track will be built to the latest and greatest standards. In addition to a larger, funner track to ride, the project will also add picnic tables, a main entrance, and other upgrades.

Construction is expected to begin May 1st and be finished by May 31st. You can learn more at THPRD’s website and share your input until April 28th via this survey (also available in Spanish).

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Westside Trail Bridge over Highway 26

(BikePortland graphic of area where new bridge might go.)

THPRD is in the planning stages of a new link in the Westside Trail between NW Greenbrier Parkway and the north side of Highway 26 near Sunset High School just south of Cornell Road.

“The bridge would create a link connecting 25 miles of our Regional Trails system for pedestrians and bicyclists to reach destinations across Washington County,” says THPRD.

The project is in the community outreach phase and no designs or alignments have been decided on just yet. To learn more and sign up for project emails check out the Westside Trail Bridge page at THPRD.org.

— Jonathan Maus: (503) 706-8804, @jonathan_maus on Twitter and jonathan@bikeportland.org
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