Beautifying Sellwood Gap draws critics

Dick Laughlin opposes a plan to beautify the Sellwood Gap in Portland, March 7, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)
Dick Laughlin opposes a plan to beautify the Sellwood Gap in Portland, March 7, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — An unfinished, unpaved break in the Springwater Trail called the Sellwood Gap is set to be paved in 2016. A local group is planning to rework the neighboring land with landscaping, benches and fruit trees.

But critics of the plan say it could draw in the homeless people and more problems.

“It’s an enticement,” said project opponent Dick Laughlin. “We’ll look at that park there and I’ll show you how much of a (homeless) campground it can be. There are campgrounds all around this rail line here.”

Those who support the project told KOIN 6 News it has nothing to do with creating any kind of homeless camp.

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