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Chehalem Park and Recreation District is promiting the paths, along with a few others, this summer

GRAPHIC PHOTO: GARY ALLEN - A recently-completed trail, constructed by the Chehalem Park and Recreation District, loops around the edges of Ewing Young Park, the BMX track, disc golf course and skatepark.

Looping through the center and edges of Ewing Young Park, scenic trails provide a unique experience for walkers, runners, bikers and dog-walkers in Newberg. It's all finished now and the Chehalem Park and Recreation District is making an effort to promote it this summer.

CPRD public information director Kat Ricker said the trail provides an "out of town feeling" without needing to leave town, featuring plenty of beautiful scenery.

One of the trailheads is in the western part of the parking lot near the dog park, and the other is next to the BMX track and skate park. Both lead through the wooded sections of the park and past Chehalem Creek.

"It's pristine woods and natural forest floor, sloping up and down easy to moderately," Ricker said. "It loops back and forth so you have a good trail walking experience within a relatively small, dense wooded area. It's not repetitive, either, which makes for a fun experience."

The trail connects to and runs the perimeter of the disc golf course, rolling up a hill and coming out with a view of the course – which used to be an old orchard. White oak trees and flower beds dot the hills and make for a scenic view.

Proximity to water is a prominent feature of the trail as well.

"This is one of the only spots on our trail system where you can access the creek," Ricker said. "It goes alongside Chehalem Creek and people go down there to put in fishing poles, sit by the creek and enjoy the water down there. This trail is also popular with dog walkers, mountain bikers and runners."

Prominent trail shaper Russ Sheehan designed and cut the trail himself. Sheehan has done major trail projects all over the world, Ricker said.

"We were very fortunate to have him work for us," she said. "He actually cut these trails and designed them all in his head, because he's just that good, and he drove the (Caterpillar) through and cut the trails himself. They all slope well, drain off to the side as they should and they're so well-done."

A relatively new footbridge along the trail was constructed with the help of a former parks staffer along with Yamhill County inmates providing the labor.

For more information on the trails along with a few photos, visit https://bit.ly/2Ghjg8i.


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