Over 40 years or so, wind and weather had left their mark on the sign marking one entrance to Albany’s first bikeway. Now the sign looks like new again — because it is.
Here’s a photo I took of the sign last November:
You can see that it was in pretty bad shape. I had not been through that way lately, but this week I noticed the sign had a brand-new look.
I asked Parks and Recreation Director Ed Hodney who deserved the credit for this upgrade and when it was done. “Park Maintenance took care of the Periwinkle sign,” he replied, “with help from Extreme Grafix on the lettering.” And the work was done last month.
As the sign reminds us, the city and the Oregon State Highway Department together got this path built in 1977. It’s 1.7 miles long and runs beside the channelized creek from Ninth Avenue near Lowe’s to Grand Prairie Road and Grand Prairie Park, passing a couple of other parks on the way.
The only snag is at Queen Avenue and Geary Street, where there’s no clear way to get across the intersection on a bike. You can get off the bike and walk to pick up the path on the other side, but that kind of defeats the idea.
Aside from that, this route was a great concept when it was built, and I’m glad the sign commemorating its start has been given a new look. (hh)