Build Lebanon Trails is committed to improving our community's overall quality of life by building multi-use public trails, following the City of Lebanon's Strategic Trail Plan. Our trails provide a peaceful space to enjoy all the benefits of outdoor recreation and create a tangible improvement in the community that is reflected in increased financial as well as physical health.

Build Lebanon Trails is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. We operate entirely on volunteer labor, and our events are self-supporting, which means that 100% of your sponsorships and donations goes to planning, developing, and enhancing trails. We also seek grant funding through a variety of public and private organizations.

We are proud of BLT’s accomplishments since its inception in 2005 and recognize that none of it would be possible without the strong, ongoing support of hundreds of individuals and organizations as well as the city of Lebanon.

Your support and contributions to Build Lebanon Trails (BLT) have made our many trail projects possible

Here's what we're planning, what we're doing, and what we've done so far.

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Plans and accomplishments

2018 and 2019 trail highlights

  • Trail easements and/or trail right of way were donated by the Hill family for the trail south of River Drive for the connection to Cheadle Lake.
  • The new trail crossing at Tennessee Rd. and Beaton was paved and opened.
  • The Cheadle Lake Island Loop trail was paved.
  • The pedestrian walk bridge spanning the canal north of Cheadle Lake was installed. Rick Franklin with RFC converted a railroad flatcar into a bridge and Forslund Crane Service donated two cranes and staff to set the bridge.
  • Two additional walk bridges were added to make the trail connection between Cheadle Lake's North Shore Trail to Mountain River Drive and the paved trail connection to Riverview Park.
  • BLT has representation with the City of Lebanon's new Trees and Trails Committee (TTC) and provide input at their meetings..
    • TTC is working with BLT to develop a plan for the soccer field trail at Cheadle Lake and attachment to the Thumb/island using a boardwalk or bridge.
    • TTC and BLT are exploring what easements and/or acquisitions would be necessary to continue the development of the trail along Burkhart Creek.
  • After working with the City to find sites, BLT installed 7 bike racks, bringing the total installed in park and city locations to 10.
  • BLT created and implemented an annual trail survey to count trail users and find out how people use Lebanon’s trails.
  • Installed seven new benches after Briese Custom Concrete poured the pads.
  • Tree Project. Trees planted by BLT were mulched and tended as needed.
  • The BLT “Bucket Brigade” is now watering approximately 230 trees on numerous trail sections in the dry season.

New trail projects we'll be working on in 2020

  • Design and install signage on newly completed trails.
  • Work with the City on land acquisitions and easements needed to:
    • Build a connecting trail on the north side of the canal from Williams St. to Had Irvine Park.
    • Build a multiple-use trail between River Park and Riverview Park.
  • Work with the City to clarify the easements that they currently hold along Burkhart Creek and begin developing a list of additional easements and property acquisitions that will be needed to complete Phase I of the Burkhart Creek Trail (from Tangent St. to12th St.).
  • Complete the connecting trail between North Williams St. and Had Irvine Park.
  • Work with the Trees and Trails Committee to explore options necessary to:
    • Create a plan for additional bench locations.
    • Connect Had Irvine Park and River Park.
    • Connect the Mill Race Station development to the North Boundary trail system.
  • Work on ways to expedite early development of a hard surface trail through the old Willamette property from Gills Landing to Riverview Park.
  • Work with the City to build a gravel trail from the end of the North Shore Trail to the soccer field at Cheadle Park, with the goal to have it paved within the next two years.

Highlights of trail development and enhancements since inception of 2005

  • Since 2005 over 25% of the proposed 50-mile trail system within the Lebanon community has been developed.
  • Phase I of the Burkhart Creek Trail & walk bridge connected the neighborhoods of 12th Street and D Street.
  • The Marks Slough east trail loop and a Santiam River viewing spur expanded the Marks Slough Trail.
  • Fully accessible paved trails were constructed that connected River Park and Gills Landing.
  • Completion of the Northside Community Trail complex, connecting several earlier trail segments (Hansard Street Walkway, Reeves Parkway, the COMP-NW Campus, the Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital campus, Canal Trail, Dr. Thad Nelson Trail, Marks Slough Loop), resulting in a dedicated multiple-use trail extending all the way from Hansard Ave (near Entek International) to the Santiam River.
  • Trail segments were added at Cheadle Lake Park totaling three miles and include hard surface trails from Weirich Drive to the North Parking Lot/Boat Ramp and the paved Island Loop Trail.
  • Over 230 trees have been planted along the Lebanon trails system.
  • Nineteen commemorative resting/viewing benches have been installed.
  • The water trail at Cheadle Lake was created with boat ramp, dock, interpretive signage and scaled log raft.

Plans for next 3-5 years

  • Pave Phase I of the South Shore trail (between the existing North Shore trail and the soccer fields).
  • Complete a paved connecting trail from River Park to Riverview Park, a key segment of the West River Trail.
  • Complete the acquisition of properties and easements needed to begin construction of a connecting trail from Had Irvine Park to River Park.
  • Work with the City and other interested parties to develop a soft-surface trail in the flood plain area on the former Willamette Mill property.
  • Continue planning and development of individual trail sections of the Burkhart Creek Trail.
  • Pave the Island Loop Trail "thumb" and "third finger" at Cheadle Lake.
  • Install a themed walk bridge over the canal on the Northside Community Trail at Industrial Way.

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