About Build Lebanon Trails

Photo by Isabelle Steen, BLT 2017 Photo Contest winner, Teen category

Build Lebanon Trails is committed to improving our community's overall quality of life by building multi-use public trails. 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 also seek and receive grants from various 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.

You can help influence the future of Build Lebanon Trails.
We invite you to join us at our meetings and to volunteer in other ways. Click here to find out more.

Plans and accomplishments

Trail projects completed in the past few years

Listed here are some of the more important projects that we have worked on with the City of Lebanon to complete to date

  • Paved 3600 feet of Marks Slough Trail and a new parking lot at the Tennessee Road trailhead.
  • Used awarded grant funding to pave the last gravel section of the North Shore Trail at Cheadle Lake. This trail meanders along the shores of Cheadle Lake connecting Weirich Drive on the south to River Road on the north. Also added a new paved trailhead parking area at Weirich Drive.
  • Widened the Cheadle Lake walk bridge over the spillway and added a handicapped parking spot.
  • Constructed two gravel trails on two peninsulas at Cheadle Lake, totaling approximately 3,000 feet in length.
  • Planted over 180 new trees along Lebanon’s trails, and a group of BLT volunteers waters them regularly throughout the summer months.
  • Created a paved trail connecting Had Irvine Park to the Marks Slough Trail System, celebrated with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on March 11, 2016.
  • Paved Beaton Lane – the last gravel section of the Marks Slough Trail loop.
  • Paved a new 500-foot section of river-front trail in River Park.
  • Completed a 1500-foot paved trail along the canal, from the bridge on Industrial Way to Williams Street.
  • Helped the Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital Foundation extend a trail across the hospital campus to Highway 20, giving the medical school and Boulder Falls Inn access to our trails.
  • The trail segments completed in 2016 created a continuous off-road dedicated trail, extending from the west side of town (Highway 34 on the south end of Hansard Avenue) to the Santiam River on the east. In November 2016, the City of Lebanon officially named this trail the Northside Community Trail.

Trail projects under way in 2018

  • The existing paved trail at Riverview Park will be extended to River Drive, using grant money that BLT partnered with the City of Lebanon to obtain.
  • There is grant funding to build a 560-foot trail section at Christopher Columbus Park, replace the play equipment with modern and accessible play structures, and add other accessible features to the park.
  • BLT has five resting benches ready to install at Cheadle Lake. The benches will be installed whenever one of the City's work crews (all of whom have been extremely busy this year) is able to free up enough time to install the concrete bench platforms.  We have an additional seven benches on hand to install there over the next two years.
  • The crossing of the Northside Community Trail at Beaton Lane has been approved, and the City is planning to construct it this spring or summer.

Five-year plan

Thanks to strong support from the community, we have the following goals for the next five years:

  • Connect the Cheadle Lake Trail system to River Park on Grant Street.
  • Connect River Park to the Mark’s Slough Trail loop.
  • Ultimately, complete a dedicated multiple use trail extending from the medical campus east to the Santiam River and from there three miles south to Weirich Drive at the south end of Cheadle Park.
  • Define a detailed plan for the development of the Burkhart Creek trail system and where possible, begin to implement that plan.

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