A bike and pedestrian trail connecting Templin Beach and Micelli parks in Roseburg is nearly complete, city staff said.
“I think people will enjoy the new path, and it’s another opportunity for people to get outside and enjoy the area,” Roseburg’s parks and recreation program manager, Barbara Taylor, said. “It opens up that area to more active use and more use by neighbors in that area of town. It will provide a place for them to exercise and access the riverside that’s along that stretch.”
The paved 1,700-by-10-foot path begins at Templin Avenue and travels along city property parallel to the South Umpqua River, ending in a loop around Micelli Park.
It’s part of a long-range plan to develop a bicycle and pedestrian loop around Roseburg. The trail could eventually include a footbridge across the South Umpqua River connecting Micelli Park and the Douglas County Fairgrounds.
Taylor said the pathway has been a goal for several years. The project was identified in the 2008 Roseburg parks and recreation master plan and again in the 2010 Roseburg waterfront plan.
Professional Underground Services of Eugene is constructing the $116,000 project, which is being funded by the city and with a $75,000 Recreational Trails state grant.
Construction began earlier this month. The next step will be to set concrete at the ends of the path to create ramps, Taylor said. The trail will be accessible by the end of next week.
“There will still be some work to be done such as grass seeding to establish vegetation along the edge of the path, and there’s a few places we will install park benches and plant some trees,” Taylor said.
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