On-ramps to our regional trail system!

imgres.jpgThree Rivers is partnering with cities to provide more links between local trails and our regional trail system. We call this creative approach our "on-ramps" program, and hope to use the model to expand connections throughout the Three Rivers system!

By packaging multiple local city applications for a grant program administered by the Met Council, more federal funding is leveraged to expand access to meet the rapidly growing demand for our trails. Initial interest was overwhelming, with 32 separate trail linkages proposed. By focusing on the most "shovel-ready" projects with the most potential to expand access, our initial joint application includes six new trail links in Richfield, Edina, Bloomington, Wayzata, Plymouth and Brooklyn Park. We hope to obtain $1 million of federal funds, which will be matched with $250,000 of local resources.

Keep reading to learn more about where the initial projects will take place!

The initial "on-ramp" projects include: (1) Richfield's 70th Street Bike Lane connecting the Wood-Lake area to our new Intercity Regional Trail, (2) Edina's South Cornelia Trail connection to our new Nine Mile Creek Regional Trail, (3) Bloomington's Intercity Regional Trail connection from 86th Street to the future Old Cedar Avenue Bridge, (4) Wayzata's Ferndale Road Bike Lanes connection to the Luce Line and Dakota Rail Regional Trails, (5) Plymouth's Ferndale Lane trail connection to the Luce Line Regional Trail at County Road 6, and (6) Brooklyn Park's 63rd Avenue Trail connection to our Crystal Lake Regional Trail.

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John Gunyou
Three Rivers Parks Board Chair