Klamath Falls, Ore. – There’s a big paving project underway in downtown Klamath Falls, but you won’t be able to drive your car on it.
Klamath Falls City Engineer Scott Souders says he’s excited about the Lake Ewauna trail project. “I think it’s fascinating – I think it’s an exciting amenity that we’re adding to our community.”
The trail extends a little over a half a mile along the northern shore of Lake Ewauna.
It starts at Veterans Memorial Park, and terminates along the easterly boundary of what will be phase 2 of Timbermill Shores.
Crews have poured concrete for about half the length of the trail.
“They poured about 300 feet of the trail this morning.” Sounders said Thursday.
Souders notes the project has been under consideration for nearly 20 years. “Back in 2000, there was a group of people that got together, and tried to seek funding for the project.”
Design and construction costs are a little more than one million dollars.
The majority of the funding is through a federal grant that’s administered through the Oregon Department of Transportation.
The entire length of the 10 foot wide trail will be geothermally heated.
“It has a snow melt system underneath it.” Souders points out. “Starting within Veterans Park, it’ll go all the way to the terminus of it.”
The contractor hopes to complete the trail this summer, and is targeting a mid-July deadline.
The trail is being constructed on the site of the former Modoc Lumber Company.
The mill closed in 1994, and the site is now under commercial development.
KOTI-TV NBC2 reporter Lyle Ahrens moved from Nebraska to Klamath Falls in the late 1970’s. He instantly fell in love with the mountains, the trees and the rivers, and never once regretted the move.Lyle’s job history is quite colorful.
He’s managed a pizza parlor; he’s been a bartender, and a “kiwifruit grader” at an organic orchard in New Zealand. A Klamath Falls radio station hired Lyle in the mid 90’s as a news writer and commercial producer. In 2004, Lyle joined the KOTI/KOBI news operation.Lyle notes with pride that he has a big responsibility presenting the Klamath Basin to a wide and varied audience.
“The on-going water crisis has underscored the fact that the people and the issues in the Klamath Basin are every bit as diverse as the terrain. Winning and keeping the trust of the viewers, as well as the newsmakers, is something I strive for with each story”.
When he’s not busy reporting the news, Lyle enjoys astronomy, playing guitar, fixing old radios and listening to anything by Sheryl Crow.