A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Scenes from the Clark and Periwinkle trails

Written December 9th, 2023 by Hasso Hering

The riverbank along sections of the Dave Clark Path, like this one shown Dec. 7, have been cleared of brush.

Conditions on Albany’s trails range from nice and picked up to messy, as my bike rides along the Dave Clark Path and the Periwinkle Bikepath showed this past week.

One of the things I noticed was that on the Clark Path along the Willamette River, crews working on the AlbanyWaterfront Project have cleared vegetation from sections of the riverbank. I think that’s to prepare for new plantings.

Some white or grayish stuff had been spread on the ground in the cleared patches. I asked City Engineer Belcastro about it. Her answer: “I verified with the landscape contractor that it is an approved horticultural grade soil amendment.”

This white stuff was spread on the cleared patches along the Dave Clark Path.

Here are some other scenes pf the paths taken taken Dec.7 and 8.

This improvised shelter on a wheeled cart had been on the Clark Path for a week or two.


The end of the Periwinkle Bikepath on Pacific Boulevard looked like this on Dec. 8.


On the path behind Lowe’s, the fence has been cut, evidently to ease access to Perwinkle Creek below.

The north end of the Periwinkle Bikepath, between Lowe’s home improvement center and the creek channel, has been notorious for trash and graffiti for years, along with unauthorized camping along the creek.

From time to time the city organizes a cleanup of the path, and the graffiti are painted over. But the improvement doesn’t last very long. (hh)

4 responses to “Scenes from the Clark and Periwinkle trails”

  1. Terry Fobar says:

    Is the white chemical spread on the trail toxic to dogs ????

  2. M.S. Campbell says:

    We walk both the Dave Clark and Periwinkle every week. Its a sorry state sometimes.
    Lots of times as we’re walking we will pick up loose garbage amd carry it to a waste can, but like you said, it doesnt last. Question is…What will make it stop?

  3. Bill Kapaun says:

    Instead of more traffic light cameras, how about a few cameras where there is rampart vandalism.

    With such a blatant lack of policing, what’s next? Strong arm robbery & assaults? I’ve gotten apprehensive about that portion of the periwinkle path behind Lowes. You can’t see what/who’s in the middle portion until you’ve committed yourself.

    Simple jail time isn’t that big of a deterrent to a homeless person during the Winter. There has to be a “punishment” as a deterrent. Something like mandatory work crews to put some structure and annoyance into their lives.

    The “honest” homeless aren’t the problem and thus wouldn’t be punished for anything. And YES, we do need more prison & mental hospital space. There are too many people on the streets that really need to be “committed” for everybody’s safety.

    Didn’t the APD “train” a female employee to handle these problems? What happened with that? More funds diverted elsewhere?

  4. KinderParkNeighbor says:

    Well, I got to sleep ’til 8:30 today. Have we found out why the APD is allowing people to sleep and scream in the parks again? The criminals who have been waking me up every morning have moved off the path and onto the church’s property. The same spot it took Albany’s finest near a month to “evict” those maniacs who left that huge pile of rotten garbage strewn about. And another month for the “Parks & Rec Dept.” (aka volunteers and/or more criminals) to clean it.

    I’m shocked to see Ray hasn’t chimed in on this problem that he’s so busy fixing. /s


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