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Viewing by month: October 2012

Transportation fund aims to boost economy, make more equitable access to jobs

The Portland area could invest $34 million in transportation projects that create jobs, make safer streets and improve access to jobs for low-income and minority communities.

Attend an open house and learn about the proposed route for the Westside Trail

The Westside Trail will travel through urban and rural landscapes connecting the Willamette River near Forest Park to the Tualatin River at Tigard and King City – and neighborhoods, businesses and schools along the way.

Thanks to community feedback from open houses held last May, Metro and project partners have developed a proposed route for the 25-mile north-south trail. Want to share your input? Attend an open house on how the pedestrian and biking trail can safely connect to your community.

Rain gardens protect rivers and streams

Drizzles got you down? Make the most of the season by creating a rain garden in your yard. It will help protect rivers and streams from polluted storm water, and add a beautiful feature to your yard. Metro natural gardening expert Carl Grimm shared top rain garden tips today on KATU’s AM Northwest.

Waste recovery reaches new highs in 2011

Oregonians are throwing away less trash than ever before, according to a new state report.

Oregon Zoo to host howlin’ good time

KiaTrick-or-treaters can fill their bags with goodies and learn about wildlife Oct. 27-28, during Howloween at the Oregon Zoo, presented by Sterling Bank. The event runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is free with zoo admission.

Committee votes to look at light rail and bus rapid transit for part of Southwest Corridor study

Members of the Southwest Corridor Plan Steering Committee unanimously agreed Monday to move forward on studies of bus improvements and light rail for the area, which is roughly a wedge of the region from downtown Portland out to Tigard, King City, Tualatin and Sherwood.

Portland pedals to another successful 2012 Bike Commute Challenge

Bike commutersPortland area resident’s dedication to being America’s No. 1 bike city shined in September as they logged more than 1.25 million miles in the 2012 Bike Commute Challenge. During the month, 11,745 cyclists from 1,395 teams logged their trips to and from work during the challenge; a friendly competition between work sites to encourage people to bike to work.

Make this month Walktober with the Willamette Pedestrian Coalition

WalktoberIt’s Walktober! Spearheaded by the Willamette Pedestrian Coalition and sponsored in part by Metro, this three-week celebration through the end of October encourages discovering your surroundings on foot.

Celebration of natural area and purchase of future park closes a key gap along Fanno Creek Greenway

Fields propertyLast Thursday, Tigard community members, elected officials and neighbors had reason to celebrate. Metro and the City of Tigard finalized the purchase of the Fields property – a major milestone that will help to close a key gap in the Fanno Creek Greenway, expanding opportunities for pedestrians and cyclists to connect with nature in the city.


Oregon Zoo seeks help naming Neka's lion cubs

LionsOregon Zoo lion keepers made two eagerly awaited announcements this week: Neka's smallest cub appears to be recovering from her health troubles, and all three of the 5-week-old cubs are ready for names. Keepers have selected two possible names for each cub and are asking the public to vote for their favorites on the zoo's website.