The City of Tumwater unveiled the new facilities and improvements for the Deschutes Valley Trail during the regular city council meeting on Tue., June 15.
Tumwater Engineering Services Manager Bill Lindauer issued an “acceptance of work” report confirming that they were able to complete phase one of the trail. Lindauer explained that the trail is the first component of a 2.5-mile project that is planned to eventually extend from Tumwater Historical Park, where it begins to Pioneer Park.
The manager added that there are five segments to the project, noting that the current phase measures 0.3 miles which begins at Tumwater Historical Park and currently ends at Brewery Park at Tumwater Falls.
Lindauer claimed that they had made significant improvements in the Brewery Park parking lot, including the placement of a kiosk that included a bench, bike rack, and message boards for guests.
The trail itself, previously a gravel walking path, is now paved. Lindauer also noted that they placed two types of retaining walls adjacent to the Falls Terrace restaurant. The city engineer admitted that the construction was a challenge in itself after they encountered bedrock issues which made it difficult to construct the retaining walls. For additional safety, they also installed a split rail cedar and black chain link fencing.
Lindauer also noted that the ten-foot wide trail can accommodate bikes and pedestrians.
In terms of landscaping, the city also made improvements in irrigation. During the meeting, council member Joan Cathey asked about the trees that were taken down to give way for the paved trail. In response, Director of Transportation & Engineering, Brandon Hicks clarified that the trees were replaced on a three to one ratio.
The project was designed by Robert W. Doll, and was funded by the Tumwater Parks and Recreation. Overall, the project costs a total of $1,471,440.
Lindauer shared that the city's goal is to eventually provide non-motorized alternatives for residents and foster growth for the community. He also encouraged people to visit the park. “ I think the most important thing is you can't enjoy it unless you go out there and watch it – take the time to walk the trail and enjoy the park,” he said.
Councilmember Eileen Swarthout agreed, “It's just beautiful, so I just want to celebrate the work that’s done and how it adds and beautifies our city.”