Cascade Locks hoping to catch on to bike boom

March 12, 2011

Bikes are about to be big in Cascade Locks.

Thursday, at the most recent meeting of the Cascade Locks Community Action Team, a group of local business leaders, government officials and citizens received updates on two different projects designed to spur increased bicycle tourism in the town.

The first, the Cascade to Crown bike ride, will take place June 26 as part of Sternwheeler Days.

The second, a proposed mountain bike trail near the town, will take a little longer - until 2013 at the earliest.

The Cascade to Crown ride is a 50-mile round-trip ride from Cascade Locks to Crown Point and back.

Cascade Locks Port Commissioner Jess Groves said the project is coming together and that he is working with Portland-based Pedal Nation Events to co-ordinate the ride.

In addition to the main ride, Groves said there will also be a 10-mile family ride from Cascade Locks to Bonneville Dam and back.

At the group's previous meeting he said the Parkrose High School football team has volunteered to help carry bikes up and down the steps on the path for part of that ride.

Groves said that a website for the ride,, should be up soon with additional information on the ride.

Meanwhile, a proposed mountain biking trail will have to wait until at least 2013 to be completed.

The Port of Cascade Locks put out a request for proposals to conduct surveying and prepare an environmental impact statement. It had budgeted $90,000 for the surveying and environmental impact studies for the project, but all the proposals came back between $170,000 and $400,000.

With its $90,000, however, the Port was able to contract PBS surveying to do surveying work, which will also be used by the U.S. Forest Service; in exchange the Forest Service will conduct the environmental impact statement.

• Port General Manager Chuck Daughtry said the port is going ahead with a land swap with the Forest Service, trading 40 acres of land in two parcels outside of the urban growth boundary for 10 developable acres within the boundary.

• Plans to install a statue of Sacajawea at Marine Park in Cascade Locks are on schedule and concrete was recently poured for the foundation. A celebration is scheduled for April 16.

• This weekend port staff will be in Washington, D.C., for a Pacific Northwest Waterways conference. While there Daughtry said he would also try to get the process for approving a casino in Cascade Locks expedited.

• Daughtry also encouraged candidates to sign up for three open port commissioner positions. The filing deadline is March 17 and he said no candidates had signed up

• Interim City Manager Rich Carson introduced himself to attendees at the meeting and said he intends to continue to work on the city's Nestlé Bottled Water plant project, the casino and a senior assisted-living facility.

• The Action Team had previously been meeting on the third Thursday of the month, but will now be meeting the second Thursday. Meetings are at noon at Charburger.

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