May 12 update: The trail from the parking lot to the visitor center now has a new coat of concrete, and the updated trails south of the visitor center are nearly complete. Follow the signs to paths leading away from the building. Work has now begun on the new trail leading from the parking lot northward to our north boundary.
Further announcements of trail improvements will be made on this site and on our Facebook and Twitter accounts.
Work has moved 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. During the paving, visitors will be guided to another path to access the prairie trails.
The new trail will lead north from the parking lot and end 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.