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Hi Phil,

Thanks for sharing your view point. Trail maintenance is of high importance to me as the leader of Department and as a trail user. The trail system is included in CIP under unfunded projects on page24 of the current document. Steve McGettigan from the Parks Division will provide an update on trails at tonight’s meeting. Here’s some additional info that might help explain why certain projects are chosen as the priority. Any project in the next FY must have funding in place or it stays on the unfunded list. A reminder, SDC’s can’t be used for trail maintenance.

·        ADA pathways are required per our ADA compliance transition plan. We must demonstrate that we are making progress towards compliance. SDC’s are the funding source as the pathways increase capacity.

·        The tree arboretum is in response to the unhealthy fir trees in Avery Park which must be removed. The logging operation, the forestry reserve and SDC’s fund this project. A new trail through the arboretum with interpretive signs are included. We are taking an unfortunate situation and turning it into an opportunity to educate people on the importance of trees.

·        The community center has been a developing project for 20 years in preparation for the aging community which is currently reflected at 25% of Corvallis. Many older adults turn to parks and recreation to keep active and healthy. The current facility is at capacity with inadequate parking.

·        A second fenced dog park is in demand. Fenced dog parks provide an urban alternative to the off leashed areas in natural areas.

·        With every development application that the City receives Parks and Recreation staff evaluates for trail connections and requires those connections where appropriate.


I’m sure Steve will provide more information regarding trail work we have recently accomplished tonight. Here’s a few highlights.

·        We completed a 2 mile trail refurbishment at Crystal Lake Sports Fields funded through a DEQ penalty towards Hollngsworth and Voss

·        We constructed a new trail to replace an unauthorized trail. This was chosen in attempt to encourage people to park on West Hills rd since Oak Creek is often at or over capacity

·        We are refurbishing the trail system at Chip Ross Natural Area funded through the logging operation this week

·        We have applied for an RTP grant for new trails and refurbished trails at MLK, Jr. Park

·        We just completed the Marys River Boardwalk of 1,900 linear feet winding through the Marys River Natural Area

·        I’ve approached the Friends Corvallis of Parks and Recreation to adopt the Bald Hill trail refurbishing project. Staff calculated that we would need to raise $70,000-$80,000.


I agree with you Phil, that we can and do bundle projects to make the CIP $25,000 threshold. Unfortunately Parks and Recreation doesn’t have funding for refurbishment unless we log trees or receive a donation or grant. We actively pursue the latter two approaches. At this point, refurbishing trails will need to be piece meal, one park at a time unless City Council opts to include in a GO bond in the future.


I encourage you and all community members to contact me when you have questions and or concerns.

See you tonight.


Karen Emery, Director

Corvallis Parks and Recreation

541 754-1703




From: Phil Hays [mailto:phays@xxxxxxxxx]
Sent: Thursday, September 21, 2017 11:25 AM
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Subject: Re: CPI


As I read through the proposed CIP projects I have to wonder if we really are in touch with reality here? Has there been a demand for a $50,000 arboretum at Avery Park? Do we need another dog park? Do we need to spend $265,000 on ADA pathways to support a small fraction of our population while our city parks trails system is pathetic  (it is the laughing stock of everyone who has tried to use the trails)? Do we really need a new Community/Senior Center?

In the 2012 survey for the new parks plan 45 times as many people used trails as used the dog park. 15 times as many people used trails as used the Senior Center. Paths and trails were at the top of the list of facilities that people wanted (67% for and 8% against). The need for new trails was 2.3 times as great as the need for a new Community Center - and almost as many people opposed the new Community Center as favored it (29% to 33%). The highest priority for new facilities to be added was trails! There was no demand for ADA path improvements or anything like an arboretum.

So why aren't we giving the people what they ask for? Why aren't we budgeting for trails in the CIP? The normal excuse is that trail maintenance doesn't cost enough to go into the CIP list. Baloney! Budget enough each year for trails to get it into the CIP - not one trail but all trails. For new trail construction and old trail maintenance. We need a new Marys River Boardwalk amount of attention to trails in every park and natural area.

And we are defaulting on our responsibility to maintain natural areas and protect endangered species on city lands. Instead, we want to build an arboretum - a zoo for trees?? Give me a break!

I have been on the park board several terms, and I am extremely disappointed by the trivial amount of attention being given to our pathetic trail system. During this time every other land management agency in this area has done far more trail maintenance and construction than city parks. I think one of the reasons city parks does such a lousy job on trails is because trail maintenance and construction isn't a big ticket item - like the Marys River Boardwalk or the Senior Center. Trails don't get budgeted in the CIP so they are ignored.

We really need to rethink our priorities! What do we say when we go out for a vote to support parks? What answer do we have when someone asks why we are spending huge funds on a Senior Center expansion while our far more popular trails and natural areas are such a mess? If we don't give the people what they are asking for, why would they vote to support parks?

Phil Hays

On 14-Sep-17 1:54 PM, Hart, Linda wrote:

My mistake.  Here is the packet.


Linda Hart

Corvallis Parks and Recreation




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