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Site between Hobbs and Susbauer roads offers forest, wetlands, creek

COURTESY PHOTO - The green, wooded area outlined in white, just north of the city of Cornelius would be the site of a new Metro-owned and operated nature park.Metro, the regional government for land-use issues in the Portland area, will be discussing plans for the creation of a new natural recreation area in Northeast Cornelius Wednesday, May 17, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Centro Cultural, 1110 N. Adair Street in Cornelius.

This will be the first of several open houses to be held on the project this spring and summer.

Neighbors and community members are invited to attend the meeting to learn more about the site's "facelift," and to weigh in on what amenities they'd like to see at the natural area, which could range from a parking lot, picnic facilities, nature trail, interpretive signage, and a nature-based play area. The improvements will be paid for with money from previous Metro bond measures.

Representatives from both Metro and the city of Cornelius will be at the open house to talk with citizens about the new nature area, said Community Development Director Ryan Well. "When completed, we envision training local groups to lead interpretive tours. Our goal will be to give our community 'ownership' of the natural area."

The 33-acre riparian-forested site, referred to as the East Council Creek Natural Area, would be located north of Baseline Road, between Northwest Hobbs Road, and North 19th Avenue/Northwest Susbauer Road. Metro already owns the property, which includes the creek, a forested area with a mix of Western red cedar and Douglas fir, and wetlands that provide habitat for both fish and wildlife.

"Please join us to share your vision and help make this natural area, with both forest and wetlands, even better," said Wells.

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