Nine Mile Trail fully opens this Spring!

44DA6C5B-75EF-4963-BF5B-BF886B86CAB4.JPGOur signature Nine Mile Creek Trail will be fully open this Spring! The eastern segments through Edina were finished last year, and were opened last Spring. After federal funding was secured for the western segments from Tracy Avenue to 169, trail paving and the new pedestrian bridge over Highway 62 was completed. The boardwalk between Duncan Lane and Londonderry Drive was completed, and trails within Bredesen Park opened.

Trail and road construction and striping on Gleason Road between Vernon Avenue and Bredesen Park was finished, and sign installations and temporary cover of exposed soil completed for the Winter. Final turf restoration will be completed this coming Spring. The final boardwalk segment between Walnut Ridge Park and the Vernon/Gleason intersection was built during the Winter once the wetlands were sufficiently frozen. That means, the entire Edina segment of our 15 mile trail will be fully complete and ready for use by Spring 2018!


As these photos from last Fall show, the recently completed boardwalks through Edina's wetlands are receiving rave reviews for their beautiful scenery! When fully open, the trail will span the cities of Hopkins, Minnetonka, Edina, Richfield, and Bloomington, and connect to the Lake Minnetonka LRT, Minnesota River 


Bluffs LRT, Cedar Lake LRT, North Cedar Lake, and Nokomis-Minnesota River Regional Trails as well as the planned Minnesota River State Trail, Dakota County Big Rivers Regional Trail, Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge Bloomington Visitor Center, and Fort Snelling State Park.

C6AA93E7-646B-4368-96FB-D9B7416C0DCE.JPGThe Minnetonka Bike Club couldn’t wait for everything to be finished! This past Summer, they rode the entire length of the trail - with a few detours around construction zones. Their reaction: “The trail is gorgeous, with a loooonnnnngggggg boardwalk through the creek wetlands, which were still bright with wildflowers . . . Three Rivers Parks did an awesome job! We can't wait for the rest to be finished.”


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John Gunyou
Three Rivers Parks Board Chair