A crowdfunding campaign has been launched to restore trails for public access around Multnomah Falls.
The civic crowdfund is hosted by Oregon's Kitchen Table, a program of the National Policy Consensus Center at Portland State University. Wendy Willis, with OKT, says the campaign's goal is to raise $525,000 for reconstruction of nearly 10 miles of trail that was destroyed in the Eagle Creek Fire.
If the campaign is successful, nearly 10 miles of trail that climbs to the top of Multnomah Falls, up to Wahkeena Falls, and then over to Angel's Rest will be open later this year.
Any funds raised over the $525,000 target will go towards restoring other sections of Gorge trails and bridges destroyed by fire.
Non-profit Friends of the Columbia Gorge kicked off the campaign with a $10,000 donation and the Oregon Community Foundation announced a major challenge gift of a dollar-for-dollar match up to $25,000.
Double Mountain Brewery is hosting a campaign kickoff party at their Portland Woodstock location Wednesday, from 4-8 pm, with $2 from every beer purchased going to the crowdfund.
To donate or for more information, visit oregonskitchentable.org/gorge.