You could sit here, on one of the benches thoughtfully provided along this segment of Albany’s Dave Clark Path, and look across the Willamette River, admiring the view. You could, that is, if it weren’t for the bushes and the trees.
Providing more “river views” is among the goals of redeveloping the Albany riverfront, including the Clark path. But this looks like a challenging task because it means clearing away much of the vegetation on the bank.
This is supposed to be part of the Willamette River Greenway. Somehow the concept of a greenway does not go together with getting rid of the greenery so people have a better view.
Once the vegetation is cleared away, keeping the views open is another matter. Trees and bushes grow back. The city would have to figure out how to cover the added expense of yearly maintenance of a riverbank that is very steep and hard to reach.
Maybe we better forget about making more viewing stations. If we want to admire the river scenery from the path on the bank, we’ll just have to do so in the fall and winter after the leaves are down. (hh)