Open House #1 – Survey and Displays

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 (robin.wilcox@oregon.gov) 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

Welcome + Sign-In

There were four stations at the in-person Open Houses:

  1. History + Background
  2. User Experience
  3. Safety + Connectivity
  4. 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”.

History + Background


User Experience

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.

User Experience


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.

Next Steps

Public Open Houses Scheduled

Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) has scheduled the first round of public input for the Oregon Coast Trail Action Plan.

EVERYONE IS WELCOME!

OPRD feels it is important to hear from trail users throughout this process. The goal of this first round of meetings is to share our understanding of trail deficiencies, the vision for closing gaps in the Oregon Coast Trail, and to understand what else is needed to improve the Oregon Coast Trail experience. This comes in advance of beginning to look at route alternatives and design solutions for individual Oregon Coast Trail gaps (places where trail users must walk somewhere that was not designed with people walking in mind). All of the information shared will be available the entire time, so please feel welcome to come at a time that works best for you. For those who can not attend in person, materials will be available online December 14th, and public comment is welcome through January 31st via website or directly with OPRD’s project manager (robin.wilcox@oregon.gov).

NOTE: The same information will be shared at all 3 meetings.

Coos Bay
Monday, December 10th
5:30-7:30pm
Coos Bay Public Library
525 Anderson Avenue

Tillamook
Tuesday, December 11th
5:30-7:30pm
Location: Port of Tillamook Bay – Officers’ Mess Hall
4000 Blimp Boulevard

Portland
Thursday, December 13th
5:30-7:30pm
Location: REI Downtown – Community Meeting Room
1405 NW Johnson

**Services, programs, and activities of OPRD are covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA); if accommodations are needed, please call 503-986-0743 at least 72 hours in advance of the meeting.**


Segment Team Meetings and Statewide Team Meetings –  Segment Team Meetings are being convened by the County Solutions (Association of Oregon Counties) and Statewide Landowner Team Meetings are being convened by Oregon Solutions. Segment Teams and Landowner Teams are comprised of individuals and agency/organization appointees. The general public can attend these meetings, however, no public comments will be heard.