As we noted last week, the planning process for River View Natural Area is already well underway. This 146 acre parcel of land sandwiched between the Willamette River, Lewis & Clark College, River View Cemetery, and SW Palatine Hill Road, is being restored and re-imagined for public use and conservation. One of the uses being considered is off-road bicycling.
The non-profit Northwest Trail Alliance has a representative on the Project Advisory Committee and they want to get more people involved in the process. The ride is taking place this Saturday (November 9th) in advance of an official community meeting and open house event being hosted by Portland Parks & Recreation next Tuesday (November 12th).
Here’s more from the NWTA:
We will be meeting at 9:45am at Sellwood Cycles (7953 SE 13th Ave) and will ride for an hour or so. It will be wet and muddy, so please plan and dress accordingly. Although we are advocating for beginner trails in the future, the trails are not currently “beginner-friendly” due to their steepness, roots, and mud. This is an intermediate/advanced ride as a result. We hope to see you there!
More importantly, there is a Community Meeting for Riverview next week and we need your help. The Public Advisory Committee and Portland Parks & Recreation want to hear your opinions on trails, and we need as many mountain bikers there as possible! We are in a unique position to give input while the concept plan is being developed. The meeting is scheduled for November 12, 2013: Community Meeting/Open House, 5:30-7:30 PM, PDX Church, 125 SW Miles.
And here are a few shots of the existing trails as they looked in August 2012…