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A viewpoint to be built overlooking Oaks Bottom from the Springwater Trail has been put off for a while

DAVID F. ASHTON - Instead of a narrowed Springwater Corridor Trail, to allow contractors to begin building the Oaks Bottom Viewing Platform Project, its still open for runners and bicyclists to enjoy the beautiful spring weather - maintaining a proper social distance. The "Oaks Bottom Viewing Platform Project" – the last remaining construction work of the 2018 "Oaks Bottom Culvert Replacement Project" – was slated to start the first of April.

The City of Portland Environmental Services (BES) and Portland Parks & Recreation have been collaborating on the job, which would result in a viewing platform next to the Springwater Corridor Trail overlooking the Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge wetland, adjacent to Oaks Amusement Park.

But, on April 6, the day the construction was scheduled to begin, The Bureau announced that the work would be indefinitely postponed.

"At this time, BES is proceeding with construction projects that are critical to protect public health – such as sewer and stormwater infrastructure repairs and upgrades," explained Public Information Officer Diane Dulken.

"The viewing platform, while an important and final part of the Oaks Bottom Restoration Project, is NOT being cancelled – but it is being postponed, as we focus on projects critical to public health," Dulken told THE BEE. When it resumes, we'll let you know.


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