New Forest Park plan boosts safety, environmental efforts

New Forest Park plan boosts safety, environmental efforts

New Forest Park plan boosts safety, environmental efforts

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by David Krough

kgw.com

Posted on September 15, 2010 at 1:38 PM

PORTLAND, Ore. -- New management plans for Portland's Forest Park are now complete, to help increase safety, environmental upkeep, recreation and plan for the park's future.

Commissioner Nick Fish and Portland Parks and Recreation Director Zari Santner said Wednesday they would announce a decision on whether to increase off-road cycling in the park. The Off-Road Cycling Advisory Committee released their report in July to help develop a set of trail options and plans to manage the natural resources of Portland's biggest park.

A reorganization plan for the park was launched and set in motion over the past year.

A Partnership with Forest Park Conservancy was established and a new park ranger is about to be named. Issues with camping, off-leash dogs, illegal trails, and other activities require the attention of a full-time staff member with enforcement capability, officials said.

A recreation survey the park was also posted online at portlandparks.org.

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