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September 2012
Ceremony for new bridge for Hesthavn set to open Sunday

November 02, 2012 10:45 am • CORVALLIS GAZETTE-TIMES

A ribbon-cutting ceremony on Sunday will mark the culmination of months of work to build a new footbridge connecting two trails over Oak Creek at the Hesthavn Nature Center.

The natural area, five miles west of Corvallis at 8590 N.W. Oak Creek Drive, is filled with native wildflowers, grasses, trees and shrubs and is popular with walkers and birdwatchers. But a temporary aluminum bridge over the creek was unsafe.

Susan Atkisson, the Hesthavn Committee chair, said the bridge was completed last month, but it took a while to organize the ceremony, which is set for noon Sunday.

“We will also be unveiling a plaque thanking everyone for their donations, and we will be paying a special tribute to the two people who gave us the largest donation ($5,000),” Atkisson said via email. The Audubon Society of Corvallis was key in helping to raise the money and organize the bridge-building effort, whose total cost was estimated at between $15,000 and $20,000 and also was supported by the National Audubon Society.

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