We have developed a short survey to help get a better understanding of Oregon Coast Trail use, interest, and concerns. Please take a few minutes to respond, and stay tuned here for a summary of what we learn.
Your feedback is important to us. Public comment is available via this site through January 31st. You may contact OPRD’s project manager, Robin Wilcox (firstname.lastname@example.org) or 503-986-0743 any time with questions or concerns.
Thank you to those who were able to join us for one of our in-person open houses in Coos Bay (December 10th), Tillamook (December 11th), or Portland (December 13th). Your comments are being reviewed by the planning team. Stay tuned to this site for updates.
Welcome and Introduction
Purpose: To receive public input regarding the current condition of the Oregon Coast Trail, gaps in trail connectivity, and gaps in user experience; and to share information about next steps toward completion of the Oregon Coast Trial Action Plan.
Open House Goals
- Learn about the history and current conditions of the Oregon Coast Trail
- Share “gaps” that you’ve experienced along the Oregon Coast Trail
- Locate “gaps” in Oregon Coast Trail safety and connectivity
- Connect with Oregon State Parks to stay involved during the Oregon Coast Trail action planning process
There were four stations at the in-person Open Houses:
- History + Background
- User Experience
- Safety + Connectivity
- Next Steps + Partners
History + Background
House Bill 3149 requires Oregon State Parks to develop an Action Plan for completing “gaps” in the Oregon Coast Trail (1971, planned as a hiking trail along Oregon’s coast). The Action Plan uses the Connection Strategy (2011) as the starting point for OCT “gaps”.
Over the past year, we have heard from several OCT hikers regarding “gaps” in their experience. These include things like missing signs, finding places to stay, getting information about the trail before they start hiking, knowing where to leave the beach, etc. The vision for completing the OCT is to allow hikers of all ages and abilities to experience a world class trail along Oregon’s coast. While folks travel from around the world to hike the OCT, it is also provides a valuable recreation asset to coast residents.
Safety + Connectivity
The Connection Strategy defined “gaps” in the OCT as places where “a hiker has to use a transportation corridor not designed for people walking”. Beaches, natural surface trails, sidewalks, and existing roads are all part of the OCT. “Gaps” are at-best inconvenient and at-worst unsafe. Next year we will begin developing recommended improvements for all of the identified “gaps”. If you know of a “gap” that we have not identified on our maps, please let us know and we will add it to our list.
Safety + Connectivity: These boards identify what typical “gaps” in connectivity and safety look like along the OCT, identify “gap” locations, and provide an example of potential “gap” solutions. NOTE: Locations with a number (i.e., 1-1) come from the Connection Strategy, and locations with a number and a letter (i.e., 1-X) are newly identified between 2017-18.
Gap Atlas Descriptions: These maps provide longer descriptions about each “gap”. Each OCT section (1 through 10) is on one page.
Next Steps + Partners
The Action Plan process will take approximately three years, and involves cooperation with federal, state, and local land managers as well as volunteer groups and trail users.