A bicyclist having fun with the greenway, one thing Jackson County Commissioner Rick Dyer says he needs to see extra of within the subsequent few months (News10)
Jackson County leaders say the Bear Creek Greenway is getting extra consideration now, than possibly it ever has prior to now. A number of components of the greater than 20 mile stretch alongside the creek have been destroyed or broken by final 12 months’s Almeda Hearth.
“The county simply approved a feasibility examine to be completed. We’re going to be speaking to different stakeholders, different jurisdictions about what they wish to see, however actually what we’re is making an attempt to do issues that presumably can restore the greenway again to the great amenity, the household and leisure amenity it was meant to be,” says Rick Dyer, Jackson County Commissioner.
Dyer says the greenway has been a venture within the making for many years. The concept got here up in 1899, and residents raised $500 in bicycle taxes to start out it, “however then Al Densmore introduced it again to the legislature in 1991 after which it was completed and accomplished in phases ever since,” Dyer says.
He’s hoping constructive modifications will start for the greenway, the place it’s wanted.
“A few of the issues we’re speaking about is best lighting, brush clearing, only a extra open really feel, after which even the presence of some security and safety personnel down there and only a presence generally,” Dyer says, “it’s an excellent place, when it’s a protected place to go. 7:30
Steve Lambert, Parks Program Supervisor for the county says there are six totally different jurisdictions the greenway goes via, every one serving to with upkeep and repairs.
“We are able to coordinate repairs like pavement repairs, bridge repairs, an excellent instance of the cooperation and coordination because the Almeda Hearth and getting the ability opened and safely to the general public,” Lambert says, “it may be difficult once you’re coping with coverage stage points like our houseless group and a number of the different points, so far as a number of the different governing our bodies might have totally different opinions on issues facility huge.”
Lambert says there’s additionally a false impression of the greenway, that crime exists alongside the complete stretch. He says relying on the place you might be, it may be a very totally different expertise.
“That southern portion of it from Phoenix south, that will get a number of actually heavy use. You go on the market on any given day and there’s folks on bikes, strolling, working, and strolling their canines, so the issues the greenway is experiencing in that downtown Medford part will not be in any means, form or kind, a blanket expertise throughout the complete greenway,” Lambert says.
The main focus proper now for the county is restoration and prevention, as we head into fireplace season.
“There are discussions and plans in place and being made to mitigate a number of the extra regarding points, which in fact, everyone knows concerning the environmental points, everyone knows concerning the security and the hearth hazard, these completely have been and will probably be continued to be mentioned and plans put in place to mitigate these to the best diploma attainable,” Dyer says.
“From a hearth and gasoline perspective, what we’re actually eager to give attention to with the Jackson Soil and Water Conservation District and a few of our different companions is retaining a number of the invasive species from coming again so blackberry, poison hemlock, and so on.,” Lambert says, “our focus proper now’s ensuring the ability stays protected for the general public to make use of from a hearth and restoration perspective, and to actually begin having a dialogue later this 12 months with the general public about what they wish to see on the greenway transferring ahead.”
“After I placed on my rose coloured glasses, I do see this amenity being returned to what it was meant and that could be a protected for households, for people to go and be capable of recreate, to have the ability to trip a motorbike, jog, train,” Dyer says, “it’s going to take purchase in from the entire jurisdictions which are effected, all of the stakeholders and it’s going to take time as nicely, however that’s the objective.”