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City to leverage nearly $3 million for long-planned trail system along Sandy River

COURTESY IMAGE: CITY OF TROUTDALE - Plans for the Sandy River Waterfront Park and Trail. After two decades of planning, funding has been secured for a riverfront park in Troutdale.

The city was awarded a $1.9 million grant from Metro Regional Government and a $750,000 grant from the State Parks Department for the Sandy River Waterfront Park and Trail.

Those dollars, alongside city matching funds, will allow the project to move forward with construction in the coming year.

The 3.5-acre park will run along the Sandy River and be the east end of The Confluence at Troutdale, the city's first urban renewal district that will develop a site north of downtown with a mix of retail and residential.

Plans for the park include a picnic area, nature play area, pollinator garden and meadow, and riparian restoration along the water.

Once complete the park will connect downtown with the regional 40-Mile Loop trail system and the existing trail along the Interstate 84 bridge. The trail and park will have views and better access to the Sandy River Delta natural area and future paths in the Columbia River Gorge.

The city has spent the last few years preparing for development by removing invasive species like blackberry brambles and English ivy that were choking out native species.

With the funds secured, Troutdale just has to finish a deal with Union Pacific Railroad to approve plans for a path beneath the tracks at the east end of downtown.

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