Construction of the 85th Avenue Trail is complete. The trail connects Springbrook Nature Center with Kennedy Park. Users will be able to navigate through surrounding neighborhoods to reach the trails into Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park.
A narrow pedestrian bridge has been replaced in Erlandson Park (1105 Egret Boulevard). The bridge is now 10-feet wide, which allows for easier access for maintenance vehicles and will provide more room for people who use the trail.
2017 Trail Improvements:
Several new trail segments will be constructed in 2017 as part of the Park Bond plans. The projects include:
Wilderness Trail extension from Avocet Street to Bunker Hills Park.
Egret Boulevard - between Coon Rapids Boulevard and 99th Avenue near the Coon Rapids Dam. The existing trail on the south side of Coon Rapids Boulevard between Hanson and Egret Boulevard will also be reconstructed. Work will start in the middle of June and be finished in early September.
Coon Rapids Boulevard Extension from east of Coon Rapids Boulevard to west of Foley Boulvard. Work on this project will also start mid-June and be finished in early September.
Several other trails will be improved in city parks that are unrelated to the Park Bond. Trail improvements will occur in Bison Creek Park, Epiphany Ponds Park, Marshland Park, Mercy Park, Wildwood Park, Wintercrest Park and Woodview Park. Pedestrian ramps will also be installed at some locations. The work will begin in late July and take about one month to complete.
As of the fall of 2015, paving is complete on portions of the Coon Rapids Boulevard Trail, on the south side of the road from Eldorado Street to Hanson Boulevard. The new section of paved trail is 3 miles long.
Portions of trails have been re-surfaced in Lions Coon Creek Park (1664 119th Avenue), Nelson Park (209 110th Avenue) and Parkside Park (700 99th Avenue) as part of regular maintenance.
As of summer 2015, construction is complete on the Wilderness Park Trail, which connects the trail from 121st Avenue by Fire Station 2 to Avocet & Main Street. A $65,000 grant from the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) helped to fund the trail.