Closure of path to Beaverton MAX station proposed

A section of the pedestrian path that leads to the Willow Creek MAX station in Beaverton, June 3, 2014. (KOIN 6)

BEAVERTON, Ore. (KOIN 6) — Neighbors who live near the Willow Creek MAX Station are trying to get a pathway to the station closed because of vandalism, drug and loitering issues.

Peter, who lives next door to the TriMet walkway, has had enough and wants it closed for good.

“Back in March, my wife was working on these planters right here and somebody threw a bike over the wall right here and hit her on the back and head,” said Peter.

His wife suffered a few scars from the incident.

On the opposite side of the path is a KinderCare Center, which has also experienced issues being located so close to the walkway.

This map from the Willow Creek path closure proposal page on TriMet's website illustrates what area will be closed off it the proposal is approved. (trimet.org)
This map from the Willow Creek path closure proposal page on TriMet’s website illustrates what area will be closed off it the proposal is approved. (trimet.org)

“There’s a lot of teenagers that just stand there and make people that walk by uncomfortable,” said Millie Vega, who lives nearby.

However, some don’t think closing the path is the answer.

“The same people that cause havoc or destruction or theft or harassment on this path will then walk that path. What makes that path any safer than this?” said Kevin Loughlin, who also lives nearby.

Roberta Altstadt with TriMet said extra security measures have been taken to curb the issues at the walkway.

“We’ve included more police patrols in the area, more security patrols in the area. We’ve done other security enhancements,” said Altstadt.

Those enhancements though apparently haven’t been enough for some neighbors who want the path closed.

According to TriMet’s website, they are considering closing the pedestrian path and are asking for the public’s comments.

Feedback and comments about the closure can be submitted to willowcreekpath@trimet.org until June 8.

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