By Robin Swain
Exciting times in Rockaway Beach! The City has been diligently working on several projects to uplift our community.
The focus for this week is the Salmonberry Trail Project. The City invites the community, to a listening and information session, May 17, from 6 to 8pm at Rockaway Beach City Hall, 276 US-101.
Recently, the City of Rockaway Beach was awarded funding for designing a walking and biking path from Washington Street to Neah-Kah-Nie High and middle school. The City has hired Jon-Paul Bowles of Destination Management Advisors to facilitate this project.
Jon-Paul told us, “This project is about what matters to people in Rockaway Beach. It’s a special place where community, supporting locally owned businesses, and enjoying nature all still matter. It’s an opportunity to look ahead and ask how the community can hold on to those values over the next 4-40 years, even as more people come to discover Rockaway Beach.”
Input from residents and second home owners will shape the path’s design. The design parameters include creating connectivity to outdoor attractions along the path, safe access between residential areas and the schools, enhanced crosswalks across US-101, and increasing access to businesses both outside downtown and near the Wayside.
Please come to the meeting on May 17th to share your insights as we are still in this preliminary planning phase.
OR – provide your input by filling out this online survey: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/15neFMRFL1h2qxd2RVHpyFjR45-m0rkYV0h_K7HVRhj8/viewform?edit_requested=true
If you have more specific questions after the meeting, please coordinate a meeting with Jon-Paul Bowles, the principal on the project at