It appears that Oregon State Parks and Recreation thinks a lot of Toledo’s idea to better connect East Slope Parks trails to Fir Street and Butler Bridge Road. State Parks and Rec has sent a letter to the city inviting them to apply for a $150,000 grant to build a walkway and bike paths along that portion of East Slope Road.
Toledo Public Works Director Adam Denlinger told his city council that the project meets a lot of state requirements including that there is access to scenic waterways and estuaries along with meeting safety requirements to better protect walkers and bikers where there is no off street protection today.
Denlinger said he will bring the parks and recreation grant application at the council’s first meeting in January.
If the city is approved for the grant, the city will still have to come up with around $30,000 of its own money, money that Denlinger says can be fairly easily through volunteer labor, donated equipment time and materials.
Applications for the grant are due January 17th and if awarded to Toledo the project must be done by September of 2014. Councilor Jack Dunaway chimed in that the East Slope Road corridor is the biggest hole in the Toledo walking and bicycling system.
Denlinger said he will be bringing the request to council at its first meeting in January.