VOLUNTEERS OPEN ROGUE RIVER WALK ON SATURDAY

March 19, 2008 12:00 am
Volunteers display one of the new bridges across Coyote Creek on the newly constructed Rogue River Walk. Volunteers are, from left to right, front row: Walt Schroeder and Glen Kral. Back row: Fred Caldwell, Kathie Cotter, Al Collinet, Cliff Burgess and Gary Maschmeyer. (Submitted photo).
Volunteers display one of the new bridges across Coyote Creek on the newly constructed Rogue River Walk. Volunteers are, from left to right, front row: Walt Schroeder and Glen Kral. Back row: Fred Caldwell, Kathie Cotter, Al Collinet, Cliff Burgess and Gary Maschmeyer. (Submitted photo).

Come enjoy a wonderful walk on Saturday, March 22 for the grand opening and log cutting ceremony to introduce the Rogue River Walk trail to the community, followed by a round trip hike on the two-mile trail.

Volunteers from the local Curry County hiking group, Muscle Busters, and other interested citizens have constructed a two-mile section of the Rogue River Walk Trail along the south side of the Rogue River from Huntley Park to Jim Hunt Creek.

The Port of Gold Beach has given the group permission to create and maintain this five-mile trail on port property from the old plywood plant to the Lobster Creek Bridge.

The completed two-mile section of the Rogue River Walk includes seven bridges built by volunteers.

Volunteers expressed gratitude to Coos-Curry Electric Cooperative for the used power poles used for bridge beams and Gold Beach Rotary Club for funds to purchase pressure treated lumber for the bridges in memory of Ray Rediske, long time Rotarian and major worker on the Rotary Riverside Trail. Funds came from memorials given after Rediske's death in 2007.

Volunteers who have helped construct the trail and bridges so far include: Kathie Cotter, Glenn Kral, Walt Schroeder, Jim Wilson, Gene Trinkler, Cliff Burgess, Lonnie Munson, Dale Munson, Jim Coffee, Earl McLaughlin, Pat Kellis and Carol Kellis of Gold Beach; Gary Maschmeyer, Al Collinet, Joe Donahue, Fred Caldwell, Susan Roughen and George Cady of Brookings: Bob Shipps of North Bend; and Dave Grey of Coos Bay.

Local Gold Beach resident Kathie Cotter came up with the idea for this route. Her vision was that everyone ought to be able to walk out their door and take a walk on a nearby trail. Her hope is that someday this trail can be extended from Gold Beach to Agness so everyone can walk out their door and get on the Rogue River Walk.

Walt Schroeder was the master designer of the seven bridges along the walk.

Work is continuing on the trail from Jim Hunt Creek to Jerry's Flat.

Plans for the future include benches at view points, trail markers and maps showing all access points.

Anyone interested in helping can contact Schroeder at (541) 247-7660 to be notified of upcoming trail construction days.

To participate in Saturday's hike, wear well worn in hiking shoes, bring lunch and water and be prepared for the weather. This hike will not be cancelled due to weather.

The total round-trip loop is about four miles. For those who only want to do two miles, arrangements will be made to return them to the trailhead by car.

Meet at the Event Center in Gold Beach at 9:15 a.m. or at 8:30 a.m. at Coastal Cardiology at 412 Alder Street in Brookings to car pool.

For more information, contact Collinet at (541) 412-8444 or Schroeder at (541) 247-7660.