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A long-postponed Oaks Bottom viewing platform is finally being built alongside the Springwater Trail

DAVID F. ASHTON - Built on stilts, just west of the Springwater Corridor Trail, the new Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge Viewing Platform will give trail users a good look at the wetlands area, while keeping them out of the flow of traffic on the nearby trail. In mid-June, the City of Portland's Bureau of Environmental Services (BES), in collaboration with Portland Parks & Recreation, began the delayed construction of a viewing platform next to the Springwater Corridor Trail – overlooking the Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge.

Workers cleared brush from the western slope of the trail, roughly adjacent to the Oaks Amusement Park Roller Rink, and began surveying the site.

As construction was getting underway, BES Community Outreach specialist Stefanus Gunawan pointed out that the Springwater Corridor Trail may need to be narrowed temporarily near the project site, to help keep trail use and construction safely separated.

"We do not anticipate limiting the trail to one lane until the latter stages of the project," Gunawan reassured.

But, the project is expected to be completed this August! So beware, and take care, as you walk or roll past the construction zone on the Springwater Trail near Oaks Park this summer.


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