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Chehalem Heritage Trails Strategic Plan and Design Services
With a vision of a regional trail system connecting the Newberg-Dundee area of Oregon to the Willamette Valley and beyond, Chehalem Parks & Recreation District (CPRD) embarked on the development of a strategic plan for the Chehalem Heritage Trails.
ESA worked closely with CPRD to successfully engage landowners, George Fox University, Oregon Department of Transportation, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, and other stakeholders in the creation of a strategic plan for the 70-mile trail system. With the plan in place, we designed the first 20-mile section of the trail, focused on bike boulevards with ties to the Newberg Cultural District and multiuse trails integrated into the Newberg Bypass. We assessed the safety of the proposed alignments to ensure that adequate right-of-way was available for both off-road and shared roadway segments. Trail alignments were evaluated for areas with challenging topography and were made accessible through park lands. Early in the design process, ESA assisted CPRD in landowner outreach and led public meetings to communicate trail alignments, establishing support for the project. Plans and sections illustrating trail dimensions and proximity to features along the corridor, as well as illustrative graphics, helped to communicate project objectives. Our team provided cost estimates to assist CPRD in refining urban trails and beginning construction of the initial phase. We assisted in developing wayfinding signage and placement to orient visitors along the route.
ESA engaged stakeholders and partners to identify opportunities, constraints, and issues to implement the first phase of this 70-mile trail system.