METRO Parks and Natural Areas Levy
Submitted Thu, 04/04/2013 - 8:50am by TomArcher
In May of 2013, voters in the Portland and surrounding area will vote on a levy which will support Metro's operations of their existing Parks and natural areas. NWTA is encouraging our members to vote in support of the levy. More information on the levy can be found here.
NWTA and IMBA have been working with METRO staff over a number of years to identify potential opportunities for mountain bike access on Metro owned properties. Our efforts have involved direct discussons with Metro staff, and in 2009, we worked with IMBA to provide some instruction and training to Metro staff on sustainable trail design. Discussions with staff have continued to the present.
In December 2012, Metro council approved a resolution in support of the levy, which included specific information on how the levy dollars, if approved, would be spent. A large part of the funding is dedicated to on-going Operations and Maintenance of existing property. Some funds wold go to making improvements to increase access. None of the money will go to acquire new parcels. A copy of the resolution can be found here.
The resolution contains the following language with regard to mountain biking (refer to Attachment 3 in the above resolution):
Agency Creek/McCarthy Creek | Map location B Various parcels near to but outside of Forest Park are currently or could be used by walkers or cyclists to access nature close to Portland. Access to the site is challenging and there may be opportunities to enhance use. Over the past decade the demand for single track mountain biking trails has increased. This project would explore the potential to provide quality cycling and hiking experiences for formal single track cycling and walking trails, and as appropriate, construct the facilities.
The Agency Creek and McCarthy Creek parcels are located a north of Forest Park and combined are a few hundred acres. They have significant potential for mountain biking, and would provide riding options closee to the City core. Esentially, this language commits Metro to study this issue further. We would anticipate actively engaging Metro on this issue if the levy passes. We have already discussed the significant resources that NWTA/IMBA can bring to the table with regard to planning and implementation. Our proven track record on various projects throughout the region - Stub Stewart, Cascade Locks, Sandy Ridge, Ventura and Eichler Parks and others has demonstrated our ability to deliver quality projects.
As outdoor enthusiasts who have an interest in preserving our precious natural areas, and increasing mountain biking opportnities in our region, we encourage you to vote in support of the upcoming levy.