Edina's portion of Nine Mile Creek Trail breaks ground!

12029792_10153708242903659_5318333861737110228_o.jpgLast week we celebrated a festive, albeit soggy, kickoff of the Nine Mile Creek Regional Trail through Edina! When this last segment of our 15-mile trail is complete, it will offer the best of two worlds — a trail that connects people with where they want to go, and a trail people want to ride on because of its beautiful views and scenery.

Much of the Edina segment will run along the creek, so it will be a destination trail people want to ride on because of its beautiful surroundings through parklands and open space. And because this trail runs through fully-developed communities, it will be a popular trail for bike commuting – the most rapidly growing segment of our trail users. We expect several hundred thousand riders and walkers the first year the trail is open!

It took a host of complex funding partnerships to make the trail possible, and much sooner than originally planned! The initial Richfield portion of the trail was completed as nmcrt-pic.jpgpart of a Metropolitan Council sanitary sewer project, and the Hopkins portion was completed in conjunction with a Nine Mile Creek Watershed District project to stabilize the creek banks.

Most importantly, Three Rivers decided to advance funding for the last Edina segment of the trail a few years sooner than planned, and that allowed us to secure additional federal grant money through the Metropolitan Council’s Transportation Advisory Board. We were also able to secure funding from Minnesota’s Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment for a portion of the project. 

Construction of the eastern portion through Edina will begin later this year, and the western portion, which runs from TH 169 to Tracy Avenue, will begin in 2016.

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John Gunyou
Three Rivers Parks Board Chair