A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the recently-completed West River Parkway bike and pedestrian trail is scheduled for Wednesday, July 21, at 11:30 a.m. The event will be held in the parking lot area adjacent to Becketwood at West River Parkway and 43rd St. in Minneapolis.
The reconstruction of the 3.5 mile bike and pedestrian trail between Franklin Ave. and Godfrey Parkway upgraded the trails to meet current design and safety standards. Work included a new bituminous surface, Mississippi River bluff stabilization and enhancement, separate bike and pedestrian trails where possible, landscaping, signage, lighting, water fountains and benches.
The $2.2 million project was funded with a combination of Federal TEA-21 transportation funds, Met Council funds, a Mississippi Watershed Management Organization (MWMO) grant, City of Minneapolis, Hennepin County and the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board.
West River Parkway is part of the Grand Rounds Scenic Byway that blends a natural habitat in an urban setting. The seven-mile parkway winds along the river from Plymouth Ave. in downtown Minneapolis to Minnehaha Park. The parkway includes picnic areas, observation areas and parking.