Springfield bond measure for parks, trails and natural areas is approved

Disciples, get ready to get your hands dirty—the DOD will soon be helping to build brand new singletrack in Springfield’s Thurston Hills.

On November 6 Willamalane voters approved a bond measure that will fund a number of park projects aimed at expanding trails and preserving land around hillsides, rivers and streams. The bond measure was officially endorsed by the Disciples of Dirt.

“With the measure’s passage, we will be able to significantly enhance our parks, trails, athletic facilities and natural areas,” said Willamalane Superintendent Bob Keefer.

Among other projects, the The $20 million in bond funds will be used to acquire land for future parks and trails, develop new trails and improve and renovate existing trails.

Of particular interest to the DOD is the establishment of hiking and mountain biking trails along and near the Thurston Hills Ridgeline with potential connections beyond through BLM property to the McKenzie River. Sale of the property should be completed in the spring of 2013, at which point DOD trail workers along with consultants from IMBA will be involved in designing and building the new trail system. For more information on the location of these future trails as well as other projects that will be funded by the bond, click here .