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West River/James I Rice Parkways Trail Improvements
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West River/James I Rice Parkways Trail Improvements

 
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The MPRB will be improving trails along the west bank of the Mississippi River from Franklin Avenue to Plymouth Avenue. Planning will begin the fall of 2013, with construction in 2014.

The MPRB has been awarded $1.8 million in federal funding for 3.5 miles of trail improvements along West River Parkway (WRP) and James I Rice Parkway (JIRP). Regional Park Operation and Maintenance funds will provide the required local match. These trails currently provide vital off-street recreational and commuting connections within the region and city and are part of the Grand Rounds National Scenic Byway. The project area receives over 1.6 million visits annually.

The project calls for complete reconstruction of the existing trails for improved safety and durability. Some segments of bicycle and pedestrian trails have not been reconstructed since their original installation 27 years ago. New paving, lighting, signs, and rest stops with benches and drinking water are included in the project scope. The trails will be redesigned to meet current MPRB and federal standards. These improvements are not expected to change the current use of this area as a popular trail segment with multiple connections to existing on and off-street trail systems, including the Cedar Lake Regional Trail and the newly-opened U of M Trail.

This project intersects two other planning studies currently underway at the MPRB: The Central Riverfront Master Plan and the Waterworks/Fuji-ya Visioning.

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Project Phase

The project is in the Design phase. See Community Engagement for meeting dates and appointers of the members of the Community Advisory Committee.

Current Activity

Date Phase Activity  
10/25/13 Design Press Release Public Hearing Notice: West River/ James I Rice Parkways Trail Improvements Project
8/27/13 Pre-Design Press Release Public input sought for trail improvements along west river bank
7/30/13 Pre-Design Press Release Appointed Advisory Committee To Help Plan Trail Replacement along River
7/10/13 Pre-Design Board Action MPRB approves the charge and composition of an appointed Community Advisory Committee - Resolution 2013-239

Contact Information

Contact Deborah Bartels, Project Manager, MPRB Planning at dbartels@minneapolisparks.org or 612-230-6438

Community Engagement

An appointed Community Advisory Committee (CAC) will help to guide planning process.

Community Meeting Schedule: All meetings will be held Tuesday evenings, 6:30-8:30 pm in the Board Room of the MPRB Headquarters, 2117 West River Road, Minneapolis. There will be time for public comment at all meetings.

An Open House is planned for Tuesday October 1, 6:30-8:30 pm in the Board Room of the MPRB Headquarters to review planning efforts to date discuss concept alternatives.

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