Nine Mile Creek Trail is open!

IMG_0096.JPGOur Nine Mile Creek Regional Trail is now officially open! With completion of the Edina segment, the entire trail stretches 15 miles from downtown Hopkins, through Minnetonka, Edina, and Richfield – all cities that I represent on the Three Rivers Board. The views along the creek are spectacular, and the trail finally links all these communities to our entire regional trail network. It truly is a jewel in the Three Rivers system.

The multi-year, complex project presented significant challenges, since it’s always difficult to buildIMG_0130.JPG a trail through fully developed communities – both engineering and political. As you ride or walk the Nine Mile Creek Trail, you’ll see how some of those challenges were overcome: more than two miles of scenic boardwalks through the protected wetlands, integrated screening for neighborhoods, two bridges over major highways.

IMG_0141.JPGAs a special shout-out, Edina Mayor Jim Hovland was a tireless advocate for the project. It’s not an exaggeration to say that without his help, and that of his city council colleagues and staff, this trail could not have been built.

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John Gunyou
Three Rivers Parks Board Chair