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Eugene Buys 100 Acres Of Forestland To Make Part Of Trail System

City of Eugene
The Willamette River spreads out to the northeast in the view from Coryell Ridge, part of the 100 acres the City of Eugene recently purchased near Lane Community College

The city of Eugene has bought 100 acres of forestland near the Lane Community College campus for $850,000 in a deal city parks planning manager Neil Bjorklund calls a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”

But it may be a lifetime before the public can easily access the property. The densely wooded, largely inaccessible site lies on the west side of Interstate 5 about a half-mile north of LCC.

Bjorklund said the land ultimately will become part of the city’s ridgeline trail system, a network of partially connected parklands along the city’s southern rim. The land is near, but does not include, a narrow gravel road underpass under I-5, potentially linking the ridgeline system to lands along the Coast Fork of the Willamette River, east of I-5.

The purchase of the three adjacent parcels near LCC closed at the end of 2015 . Two of the parcels were purchased from Gordon Templeman Jr. for $675,000. The city purchased the third parcel from the Happy Valley, Oregon-based Petitti Family Revocable Living Trust for $175,000. The city paid for the purchases with money from the parks bond measure voters approved in 2006.

Read more at The Register-Guard.com.