Park and Trail Construction Picking up for Season

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Work Underway at Mill Race Path, Island Park, Meadow Park and Thurston Hills Natural Area

Although the rainy season limits construction time, Willamalane’s planning department has been hard at work collecting community input and designing and planning park upgrades. Over the next few months, we’ll see activity picking up all over town.

In Meadow Park, a new playground will take shape, and new pathways will connect the playgroup, restroom and baseball fields.

Work is also scheduled on the Mill Race Path, a 3-mile walking and bicycling path that will stretch from downtown to the Middle Fork Path along the historic Springfield Mill Race, with access to Dorris Ranch and Clearwater Park.

At Island Park, plans are being drawn for a new playground with a sand play area, seating and walkways. The playground is due to receive the same rubberized tile surfacing that can be seen at Quartz and Pacific parks.

Staff are also completing the Thurston Hills Natural Area Management Plan and intend to construct the initial trail system this summer. The first trail will begin at a trailhead constructed at the base of the Thurston Hills near the intersection of Highway 126 and 75th Street. The trail will head south up the hill to the ridgeline. We expect this trail and several others within the natural area to be used extensively by hikers and mountain bikers.

The work is funded in part by the $20 million bond measure voters passed in 2012.