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OPRD seeks public comment on designation of Bear Creek Greenway Trail

July 16, 2013

Medford, OR - The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) will host an open house August 8 to gather public comments on the designation of the Bear Creek Greenway Trail as a State Designated Regional Trail. The Bear Creek Greenway Trail is an 18-mile biking and hiking trail that parallels Bear Creek, a tributary of the Rogue River, and runs from Ashland to Central Point. The open house will be held from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at the Coyote Trails School of Nature at 2931 S Pacific Hwy. in Medford.

The State Trail Designation program was established in 1971 as part of the Recreational Trails Act to promote Oregon's exceptional scenic beauty and outdoor recreation opportunities. Regional Trails are non-motorized trails that provide close-to-home recreation opportunities while connecting communities, recreation sites, schools and other destinations or trails. Regional trails must be more than five miles in length, open to the public, substantially complete, and located on public lands or public rights-of-way or easements.

The Oregon Recreation Trails Advisory Council will draw on the public comments gathered in making their recommendation to the Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission. For more information, or to comment on the designation, please contact Rocky Houston, OPRD State Trails Coordinator, at (503) 986-0750 or rocky.houston@state.or.us