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Community can expect phone calls over the next several weeks to provide input on the matter.

PNG FILE PHOTO - With the help of a research company, the Chehalem Park & Recreation District will conduct a survey of the community in the coming weeks on the subject of trails.

With the help of a research company, the Chehalem Park & Recreation District will conduct a survey of the community in the coming weeks on the subject of trails. The survey will ask community members to provide their opinions on the future of trails and recreation services provided by CPRD.

"The community's participation is very important so that CPRD can better understand the community's opinions and points of view on local trails and recreation services," CPRD public information director Kat Ricker wrote in an email to the community. "If you are randomly selected, you will receive a phone call from Nelson Research, an independent polling/survey research firm, asking for a few minutes of your time to answer some questions about your opinions on trails and recreation. Please consider participating."

In order to help people avoid scams, CPRD emphasized that survey callers will not ask for any kind of financial information or contributions from participants.

"CPRD continues to work on the development of Chehalem Heritage Trails and seeks to engage the public in the process," Ricker said. "The CPRD board of directors looks to scientific survey data to inform their decisions on masterplans, priorities, direction and projects. This survey will help inform the board and staff on the opinions of the public on the future direction of trails projects, including Chehalem Heritage Trails, Yamhelas-Westsider Trail and trails at Bob and Crystal Rilee Park."

At the same time as this survey is going on, CPRD is also seeking volunteers to serve on the Chehalem Heritage Trails Advisory Committee, which will eventually make recommendations to the board about how to handle these various projects.

The pool of people surveyed will be between 400 and 600 randomly-selected Yamhill County residents. The goal is to uncover representative statistics regarding the opinions of community members in order to better inform the decisions on trails by CPRD as an entity.

"We know from past surveys, trails projects and trails usage that our community places high value on trails for public recreation," Ricker said. "This recreation trend is prevalent across the country as people look to get outdoors and engage in noncompetitive, social activity in nature, which provides recreation that can be shared across generations and fitness levels. This survey will help define the community's desires pertaining to trails.

"The Chehalem Heritage Trails project has been 10 years in the making and has probably another 20 years to go to completion. As CPRD is able to secure funding, we blaze new trails and connect existing ones in order to make progress on the 70-plus mile project. When it's complete, this trails system will connect Newberg and Dundee, plus the Chehalem Park and Recreation District, to the greater Portland Metro area and the rest of the Willamette Valley through a series of pedestrian, biking, equestrian and river trails."

For more information on the survey or any other questions about the process, call the CPRD Public Information Office at 971-832-4222. If you are among those chosen to participate in the survey, the research firm will call you directly.

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