Update for March 9: All of the walking trails will be open for the next few days as the trails need to dry out before work can continue. Trail closings/openings for later this week will be posted here and on social media.
The first phase of improvements to our trail system is nearing completion. Because of the presence of machinery and workers, only the Elizabeth Rubendall Birding Trail will be open for the near future. All other trails will be closed. Maps will be available on-site highlighting open and closed trails.
Further announcements of trail improvements will be made on this site and on our Facebook and Twitter accounts.
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.