A safer, better lighted Bear Creek Greenway through Medford could cost up to $213,000, the City Council discovered today.

A safer, better lighted Bear Creek Greenway through Medford could cost up to $213,000, the City Council discovered today.

The Medford Parks and Recreation presented a five-year plan to remove blackberries and other non-native species, then closely monitor the planting of natives to ensure their survival.

"The hard part is the ongoing maintenance," said Brian Sjothun, director of parks and recreation.

Sjothun said the area that would be cleaned up is from McAndrews Road to 10th Street.

Lights would be installed along the Greenway through Hawthorne Park to improve visibility.

He said the city, working with partners in the community, would secure grants for the restoration and would seek volunteers for the work.

— Damian Mann

Read more in the Mail Tribune later.