Last week the City of Manzanita was honored in a national awards ceremony hosted by the Coalition for Recreational Trails and the Rails to Trails Conservancy for their project connecting Manzanita to the Neahkahnie Mountain segment of the Oregon Coast Trail so that hikers no longer have to walk along the shoulder of Highway 101 to access the trail.
The project received a grant from Oregon's Recreational Trails Program (RTP), and came to fruition in a large part due to the work and advocacy of one individual, Connie Soper, advocate and author of Exploring the Oregon Coast Trail.
The project required cooperation from four landowners: Oregon State Parks, Oregon Department of Transportation, Lower Nehalem Community Trust, and a private landowner. The trail was built by Trailkeepers of Oregon (TKO) and Northwest Youth Corps and is being maintained by TKO.
Mayor Mike Scott said, "The City of Manzanita is real excited and pleased to be one of the communities on the Coast that's helping fill in the gaps on the Oregon Coast Trail.
RTP Coordination, Jodi Bellefeuille noted it's especially exciting to see this project recognized during this 50th Anniversary of the Oregon Trails Act as the Oregon Coast Trail was the one of the first trails recognized as a State Recreational Trail in 1975, despite the many gaps that needed to be filled.
If you missed our 50th Anniversary Celebration of the Recreational Trails Act at the October Summit, you can view the session recording here: https://youtu.be/2N4WgUgPCxM
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