Commissioner Nick Fish and PP&R Director Zari Santner announced on September 30, 2010, that further restoration and maintenance work is needed in Forest Park before recreational use can be expanded. The decision was reached to move forward with several Forest Park Single Track Advisory Committee suggestions within the next year, including:
- The design and implementation of a new vegetation monitoring program
- Development of a new outreach and education plan to increase knowledge of trail etiquette and safety
Within the next two years PP&R will:
- Expand the Recreation User Study
- Secure funding to develop, implement and complete a wildlife study
- Work with partners to improve one to two fire lanes or utility corridors that are currently open to cyclists
- Proceed with permitting applications for additional trail recommendations based on the outcome of completed studies
PP&R will work with partners to improve the cycling experience on existing fire lanes, including adding switchbacks, re-greening the lanes, and enhancing existing loops.
In addition, Commissioner Fish and Director Santner expressed a commitment to expanding single track cycling access throughout the Portland metropolitan area:
- With the support of Mayor Sam Adams, PP&R will take the lead role in managing Gateway Green and prioritizing single track cycling in this new park.
- PP&R will work in partnership with the NW Trail Alliance to construct two new temporary skills parks.
- With the support of Commissioner Randy Leonard, PP&R and the Portland Water Bureau will improve the recreational experience for pedestrians, equestrians, and bikers, while also increasing natural area protections at Powell Butte Natural Area.
- The City will continue to work with Metro and Intertwine partners to provide more single track cycling opportunities in the Portland region.