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Highest roadway in Multnomah County open for recreation; Gresham to kick off SKIP at end of month

COURTESY PHOTO: MULTNOMAH COUNTY - Upper Larch Mountain Road is back open for recreation.  Upper Larch Mountain reopens for season

The highest roadway maintained by Multnomah County has reopened for the summer season after its annual snow closure.

Upper East Larch Mountain road in the Columbia River Gorge is accessible for recreational access. Every autumn the county closes that portion of roadway by installing a snow gate near milepost 10.

The closure protects travelers from severe weather conditions and reduces snow removal costs.

This year the road was reopened later than normal due to heavy snowfall late into the season. It was officially reopened Thursday, June 9.

East Larch Mountain Road is the highest road in the county, reaching an altitude of 4,055 feet.

At the end of Larch Mountain Road is a parking lot with access to the Sherrard Point Lookout. There is also a trailhead that leads down to Multnomah Falls. The snow gate is at an elevation of about 2,300.

For more information, visit multco.us/roads/larch-mountain-road

Gresham repaves Stark Street

The city of Gresham is repaving Stark Street between Hogan and 257th Avenue.

The work has been taking place at night, from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m., and began on Wednesday, June 8. Officials expect it to be completed by Thursday evening, June 16, at the earliest. During the work traffic has been diverted to adjoining streets, while Stark has remained open during the day, with poor weather causing periodic delays.

All told more than 80 residential roadways are scheduled for paving in the coming summer months. That includes work in the Centennial, Gresham Butte, Kelly Creek, North Central, Northeast, Northwest, Powell Valley, Rockwood and Southwest Neighborhoods.

Learn more about the summer street reconstruction plans at greshamoregon.gov/Street-Reconstruction

Summer for the Kids

The city of Gresham is helping local youths to SKIP into summer with a free recreation program.

Summer Kids in the Park (SKIP) will run weekdays from Monday, June 27, through Friday, August 12, at three local parks — noon to 2 p.m. at Main City Park; 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Red Sunset Park; and noon to 2 p.m. at Nadaka Nature Park. At all three locations there will be games, activities, and free lunch from noon to 12:30 p.m. for kids ages 18 and under. No registration is required.

"Our youth are the future of Gresham," said City Manager Nina Vetter. "We want this to be a thriving community with everyone having a chance to succeed."

The SKIP program returns this year after being shuttered the past two years with the pandemic.

"We are excited SKIP is back — it is an important resource for youth in our community," Vetter said.

Learn more at greshamoregon.gov/Summer-Kids-in-the-Park/


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