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PATH PROGRESS REPORT
South end of Clearwater Lane
Open 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
This 10-foot-wide asphalt path winds for 2.5 miles from Clearwater Park to Quarry Butte. Construction on Phase 2 of the path, from Quarry Creek to Dorris Ranch, will resume in June 2013. The path is expected to be completed in September 2013.
The path's eastern trailhead is located at Clearwater Park, with parking for 21 vehicles, a restroom and informational kiosk. From Clearwater Park, the path travels west 2 1/2 miles through beautiful scenery, first along the new Springfield Mill Race channel and then along the Middle Fork of the Willamette River. Phase 1 of the path ends at a 70-foot pedestrian bridge spanning Quarry Creek. Path users enjoy a small picnic area just before the bridge featuring tables, a bike rack, signage and a portable restroom.
Willamalane was recently awarded a grant from ODOT's Transportation Enhancement Program that will enable construction of the next phase of the Middle Fork Path. This critical section of the path will extend it from the bridge at Quarry Creek around the butte to Dorris Ranch. The path will ultimately travel through the eastern portion of Dorris Ranch and include a trailhead at the park entrance at South Second Street.
Long-range plans call for the Middle Fork Path to ultimately connect with a path along the Springfield Mill Race to downtown Springfield, creating an 8-mile loop. With brief sections of on-street bicycle lanes, the path will also connect to an extensive existing riverfront path system linking Springfield and Eugene.
To further enhance the path's regional appeal, a bridge across the river is also in long-range plans. Such a bridge would provide access to Lane County's 2,300-acre Howard Buford Recreation Area and Mount Pisgah, including 16 miles of trails within the recreation area and access to the preferred route of the Eugene to Pacific Crest Trail.
How to find the park
All driving directions begin at A Street, at the bridge entering Springfield from Glenwood.
1: Head EAST on South A Street. Continue for 2.2 miles.
2: Turn RIGHT onto South 32nd Street. Continue for .6 miles.
3: South 32nd Street becomes Jasper Road. Continue for 1.2 miles.
4: Turn RIGHT onto Clearwater Lane. Continue for less than .1 miles to the park.