Ontario, Joseph and La Grande on project list for Oregon Community Paths Program

ONTARIO – Release from ODOT) Building new trails, extending current paths and planning for future off-road investments are among the projects recommended for funding in the new Oregon Community Paths Program. Altogether, the Oregon Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee recommends funding 18 projects totaling $11.3 million. The recommendation now goes to the Oregon Transportation Committee for final approval at its May meeting.

The Oregon Community Paths Program, or OCP, is a new program dedicated to help plan and build off-road walking and biking paths that connect communities and destinations. It’s a key contributor to ODOT’s Strategic Action Plan, as it adds to the agency’s priorities of equity, a modern transportation system and sufficient and reliable funding. Funded by Keep Oregon Moving (HB 2017), the program also aims to improve safety for walkers, bikers and other personal mobility device users.

Two types of projects are funded through OCP: construction and preliminary planning (or project refinement). The recommended projects for funding are:

ApplicantProject TitleType of Project
Ashland Parks and Recreation CommissionKestrel Park Bridge – Bear Creek Greenway ExtensionConstruction
Astoria Riverwalk Trail Continuation of Lighting EastConstruction
ChiloquinChiloquin Community Safe and Healthy ConnectionsConstruction
Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian ReservationTribal Services Center Access PathConstruction
CorvallisTunison Community PathProject Refinement
EugeneEugene Berkeley Park PathConstruction
HermistonBelt Park Greenway TrailConstruction
IndependenceSouth Willamette River Trail RefinementProject Refinement
Joseph Branch Trail ConsortiumJoseph Branch Rail with TrailProject Refinement
La GrandeCity of La Grande Critical Link Project RefinementProject Refinement
MadrasJuniper Hills to Madras East Trails Multiuse Connection ProjectConstruction
MedfordLarson Creek Path Repaving: Black Oak to Murphy RdConstruction
OntarioOntario North-South ConnectorProject Refinement
Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation DistrictWestside Trail Segments 14-18 Master Plan (Preferred Alignment)Project Refinement
TualatinTualatin River Greenway Trail ExtensionConstruction
WarrentonTansy Point Connection NW 11th PathProject Refinement
Wasco County (NWCPRD)Mill Creek GreenwayConstruction
Washington County LU&TReedville TrailConstruction


In November 2020, ODOT received 81 letters of interest for the OCP program, totaling $105 million. Those letters determined to be eligible for the program were invited to apply for funding. In January 2021, ODOT received 57 applications from across the state for the OCP Grant Program, totaling $35 million. The Oregon Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee met on March 24 and approved a recommended project list for the Oregon Community Paths Grant Program for the Oregon Transportation Commission’s consideration at its May meeting.

Next step

  • May 13: Oregon Transportation Commission reviews the recommendation for discussion and decision-making. OTC meeting materials will be available two weeks before the meeting.

More information about the Oregon Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Committee

The Oregon Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Committee advises ODOT in program policy and recommendations for funding allocation for both the Oregon Community Paths Infrastructure Program and Ped-Bike Program. The Oregon Community Paths Program is guided by OAR 731-036, created in January 2020 for state OCP funding.