New bike trail planned for river’s east bank

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August 9, 2012 by Sarah M

A bicycle and pedestrian trail project that will run parallel to the Mississippi River from 16th Avenue Northeast to 8th Avenue Northeast has received a $1 million grant from the Federal Highway Administration, according to Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board officials.

The 0.75-mile trail will traverse Boom Island Park through the former Scherer Brothers Lumber Company site and then continue to Sheridan Memorial Park in Northeast. Construction must begin by 2015 according to the grant’s conditions and will run through some private land, said Andrew Caddock, project manager for the
Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board. MPRB bought the land from Scherer Brothers Lumber Company in 2010 and park construction for that site could begin next year.

“I think it will add a great deal to the community,” said Caddock adding that the new trail will be a step towards completing the board’s RiverFirst and Above the Falls plans which call for continuous parks and trails along the river. “Not only will it connect some old parks it will connect some new parks as well.”

— Tim Sturrock

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