Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Enhancement Opportunities on Toledo's Waterfront

The Port of Toledo, in partnership with Yaquina Pacific Railroad Historical Society has submitted a grant request for Oregon Department of Transportation’s Transportation Enhancement Program. Our Toledo Transportation Museum and Waterfront Path project is under consideration, and ODOT is currently seeking comments to help prioritize projects for funding.
The preliminary design for the Transportation Museum mirrors the original train depot, pictured below, and if funded will be built near the original location of the Toledo Depot. The museum will honor and preserve Toledo's heritage as an industrial town where marine, rail and roadway modes of transportation intersect. The proposed museum would be operated by Yaquina Pacific Railroad Historical Society. The plan is for a 2,800 square foot building to house revolving transportation history displays, retail area and meeting space.

The grant application also provides for construction of 1,420 feet of paved walkway along Toledo's waterfront on Depot Slough. Here, a pirate at our annual Wooden Boat Show discusses his water-borne potato cannon target with a festival-goer on the existing gravel path.
The paved path will enhance the waterfront considerably and will promote walking and bicycling activities. Plans include interpretive signage, benches, lighting and the restoration of native landscaping. As specified in the Toledo Waterfront Connectivity Plan, the path increases connectivity between Main Street, Butler Bridge Road, and NW 1st Street to the Port’s waterfront developments, including the Marina, Waterfront Park and new Transient Dock. The Park and Transient Dock are currently in design stages with construction starting this spring.

The Oregon Department of Transportation is seeking input from the public on 85 projects from around the state for consideration for funding. Here is a link to their news release (PDF), which includes a link to their online survey. Please take a few moments to post your comments. The last day to comment is January 28, 2011.