It is with great excitement that we announce the first phase of improvements to our trail system will begin the week of February 17. The trail from the building leading south and east to the historic trail ruts on the east side of the pond will be widened and re-covered. This renovated path will lead over the dam to a circular path ending at the trail ruts on the edge of the pond. This section should be completed in March, weather permitting.
Spring Creek Prairie will not close down during construction, but because of the presence of machines and workers, some trails will be temporarily closed as improvements are made. Announcements of trail closures will be made on this site and on our Facebook and Twitter accounts. Maps will be available on-site highlighting closed trails.
After this first phase is completed, work will move to other areas. The parking lot will be regraded to repair drainage issues and new accessible spaces will be installed to improve mobility to all of our guests. The walkway from the lot to the visitor center will be paved and its path rerouted to meet accessibility standards. During the paving, visitors will be guided to another path to access the building.
A new trail will be constructed leading north from the parking lot, ending at our north property line. A bench will be placed at the end that will overlook Spring Creek. This trail will eventually connect with the Prairie Corridor trail that is coming from Pioneers Park. New amenities are also planned, such as a bike rack, water fountain (for people and pets), and an information kiosk.
The goals of this project are to increase safety and accessibility to the visitor center and nearby prairie areas for all of our visitors, and to improve our entrance visibility as the southern trailhead for the Prairie Corridor on Haines Branch project.