Public Meeting 1/18: Tryon Creek, Wapato, Willamette Stone, Coalca

Public Meetings Notice for Oregon Parks and Recreation Department for parks in the Tryon Creek Management Unit, which include Tryon Creek State Natural Area, Wapato State Greenway on Sauvie Island, Willamette Stone State Heritage Site, and Coalco State Greenway just south of Oregon City.

Public meetings have been scheduled to continue working through the OPRD Comprehensive Park Plan process.  The plan will include detailed resource and recreation assessments, issues scoping, resource stewardship initiatives, and proposed future park management and potential recreation improvements.

The public meetings will be on Wednesday, January 18, 2012, from 5-7 p.m., in the Tryon Creek Nature Center, at 11321 SW Terwilliger Blvd., Portland, OR.  Public comments will be taken at this meeting.  Please send written comments to Mark Davison at 725 Summer St. N.E., Suite C, Salem, OR 97301, or mark.davison@state.or.us.

There will be a Stakeholders Group meeting in the same location from 2-4 p.m. and will be open to the public.  However, during this meeting comments will only be accepted from the Stakeholders group.

The services, programs and activities of the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department are covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). If accommodations are needed, please call 503-986-0744 at least 72 hours in advance of the meeting.

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4 thoughts on “Public Meeting 1/18: Tryon Creek, Wapato, Willamette Stone, Coalca

  1. I was unable to attend the meeting regarding Tryon/McIver parks. I have ridden many times at McIver and really enjoy it. It would be GREAT to have more trails and a camp ground. With the cost of fuel it is nice to have places to ride that are close to the Valley. I think that a camp ground there would get a lot of use.
    I would ride at Tryon more if there were a better parking lot. It is nice to have a short day-use area close. It is near enough to be able to ride after work in the spring and fall. I hesitate to make the drive not knowing if the parking lot will be full. It is a great resource to have in metropolitan area.
    I would gladly volunteer my time and energy to help in planning and building campgrounds and trails.

  2. I am dismayed to hear that State Parks is considering eliminating horse access toTyron Creek Park! My family and I have spent many hours walking the trails in Tryon Creek State Park for many, many years and have always enjoyed seeing horses (and knowing that there are horse trails) in the park. Horses and horse trails have been at the root of Tryon Creek Park since its inception. In this busy and frenetic wold of ours, it is truly wondrous to know that we can blend so many uses and creatures in a park in the middle of a large urban area. Being able to take a child to the park and to witness their eyes light up when they see horses and riders up close is a joy to observe. Please do not sacrifice the heritage of this wonderful multi-use park by eliminating the ability of a few horse trailers to load and unload their exquisite creatures so that a few extra gas hogging vehicles and/or busses can take their parking spaces. I want my children and grandchildren, and my friends and neighbors, to always be able to witness how Tryon Creek State Park can be welcoming to so many diverse and compatible human and animal uses. I hope that none of us ever has to tell a story about Tryon Creek Park by starting with “There used to be a time when there were beautiful horses in the park…”

  3. I attended the meeting 2-27-13 about the master plan for Tryon. The suggestion of removing equestrian use from the Park seems to have ignored the historic use of the area. Based on testimony last nite, it seems that the trails were developed by local equestrians before the Park was established. There is a long history of horses in this area which I believe makes this Park a unique experience. I have ridden many times over the last 12 years on the trails. I frequently encounter children who have never been close to a live horse. They and their parents are thrilled with the opportunity to see them up close. In addition, Clackamas County has the highest horse population per capita of anywhere in the State. There is a lot of economic benefit from the equestrian community. Fortunately there are still boarding stables in the metro area for horse lovers. However there are no other riding opportunities close in to the metro area that provide this quality of experience. The footing at the Park can be ridden on year-round where other areas flood. I have also hiked in the Park, attended children’s educational activities and volunteered at the Trillium Festival.

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