THPRD will receive a major grant for trail construction

THPRD trail   The Metro Council has approved a $3.7 million federal grant to the Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation District for construction of a new 1.5-mile trail near downtown Beaverton that will offer a variety of benefits to users.
   The Beaverton Creek Trail will run east-west and connect Hocken Avenue in Beaverton to the Westside Regional Trail at the Tualatin Hills Nature Park.
   Funding will be awarded in 2019.
   The park district anticipates starting construction in 2020 and finishing by the end of 2021. 
   A Metro analysis shows that residents near the trail corridor include significantly above-average populations of minorities, low-income and youth.
   User benefits will include a more pleasant, off-street transportation experience, safer passage, and improved access to light-rail and bus lines, employment and commercial areas, recreation and natural areas.
   It also fills a gap in THPRD's 70-mile trail system for walkers, joggers, bicyclists and others.
   "Obviously, we are thrilled by this major grant, one of the largest we've ever received," said Doug Menke, THPRD general manager.  "Trails are quite popular in our greater Beaverton area, with residents using them hundreds of thousands of times each year.  It's the main reason we have invested so much time, energy and funds the last several years to expand our trails network."