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Clark County Public Works closes bridge, trail at Lacamas park

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By Shari Phiel, Columbian staff writer
Published: February 23, 2024, 5:08am

CAMAS — Clark County Public Works has closed some trail sections at Lacamas Regional Park near Round Lake for the safety of park visitors.

According to the county, the footbridge on the trail to the lower falls sustained significant structural damage and will have to be removed. The footbridge will be replaced.

The removal and replacement process could take up to two years to complete. Fencing will be installed around the closed area, and signage will alert visitors to the closure. Temporary signs, barricades and caution tape currently mark off the closed area.

Trail users can still access the lower falls via other trails. For their own safety, visitors are reminded to never enter areas closed off by barricades, signs, cones, tape, fencing or other barriers.

Additionally, visitors are asked not to use unofficial trails or create trails or shortcuts to protect the area’s ecosystem.

Updates will be posted at clark.wa.gov/public-works/lacamas-regional-park.

Curtin Creek park open house set for March 6

Clark County Public Works’ parks and lands division will host an open house on the Curtin Creek Community Park development.

The open house will be held from 6-8 p.m. March 6 in the media center of Prairie High School, 11311 N.E. 119th St., Vancouver. Interested residents can also attend online.

The Curtin Creek park is being developed on a 17-acre property at 12603 N.E. 72nd Ave., Vancouver. Due to funding constraints, the park will be developed in two phases.

The first phase will include parking, restrooms, inclusive and natural play areas, a picnic shelter, walking trails, viewpoints, and a multipurpose synthetic turf field. Pickleball and basketball courts may also be included in the first phase.

Phase two will include a second multipurpose field and a second picnic shelter. Construction of phase one is expected to begin in 2025.

Staff will share information about the phasing plan at the open house in a presentation from 6:30 to 7 p.m. Before and after the presentation, residents are invited to discuss the plan with staff and provide input. Light refreshments will be provided.

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The phasing plan, presentation documents and other project information will be posted at clark.wa.gov/public-works/curtin-creek-community-park by Feb. 28.

Green lifestyles series set for Cascade library

Clark County Public Health is joining with FVRLibraries for a free educational series highlighting environmentally friendly lifestyles.

The county’s Green Neighbors, Green Schools and Composter Recycler programs, along with several other community organizations, will offer workshops and events as part of the Conscious Consumption series at Cascade Park Community Library.

The series is open to residents of all ages to learn about sustainability topics, including food waste reduction, worm bin composting and sustainable fashion. Workshops and events will be held at the library, 600 N.E. 136th Ave., Vancouver.

Events include a family fun day, recycling 101, cooking with leftovers, composting with worms and a “trashion” show. For more information, including event dates and times, go to the Green Neighbors website at https://clarkgreenneighbors.org.