The new 1.3-mile north section of the Bear Creek Greenway trail is now complete.
This link extends the Greenway from the end of Dean Creek Road, north on Blackwell Road and then to the end of the Bear Creek Greenway boundary (just past the Hwy 140 overpass). From this end point north towards Grants Pass is in the Rogue River Greenway, which is partially complete and goes all the way to the town of Rogue River along or near the Rogue River.
The Envision Bear Creek Greenway Committee
A working group of consultants (contracted by Jackson County with grant money) is currently working with the public, local municipalities, Jackson County and ODOT to come up with the next vision for the Greenway.
The Bear Creek Greenway is currently about 20 miles long and is managed by 5 cities and Jackson County under a joint powers agreement.
The permitting process is underway for the Kestrel (pedestrian/bike) Bridge project that will span Bear Creek and extend the Greenway Trail south through Ashland.
This process is being handled by the city of Ashland and Ashland Park and Recreation. This project will be mostly funded through an ODOT Trail grant with some local funding from Ashland Parks and Recreation and the Bear Creek Greenway Foundation. Once permitting is completed, bidding for construction of the bridge can go forward.
The Kestrel Bridge will cross Bear Creek near the east end of that portion of East Nevada Street that lies west of Bear Creek (down Nevada St. from the Ashland dog park) and allow easy access to the Greenway trail by those on the east side of Bear Creek, including all the homes and apartments on either side of North Mountain Avenue near North Mountain Park.