Trail at Arcadia Lake expected to open soon

EDMOND — After months of setbacks, a 3.1-mile trail at Arcadia Lake soon will be open for public use, after costing more than $1 million a mile.

The Spring Creek Trail is expected to open within the next few weeks, along with Carl Reherman Park, said Craig Dishman, director of Parks and Recreation. The two are dependent upon final approval from inspectors.

“It is a real escape,” Assistant City Manager Steve Commons said. “I think this trail is really impressive.”

The 18-foot-wide trail is the widest trail in Edmond, allowing for an 8-foot-wide pedestrian walkway and 10 feet for bicyclists with two lanes.

“We wanted to go as wide as possible to meet the needs of users,” Dishman said. “We know that some of our trails in Edmond and the metro area are not wide enough.”

Now, construction crews are putting the final finishes on striping lanes, as well as drainage and dirt work near Interstate 35. The area had to be stabilized before crews paved the trail.

“It has been a long process getting this completed,” Dishman said.

The Spring Creek Trail construction, which began in November 2015, is part of a planned 18-mile trail system around the lake.

“We really think there are parts of this trail system that will be very popular,” Commons said.

Entrances to the trail will be at Spring Creek Park, and two future entrances at Fox Lake Trail (which runs from Fox Lake Lane to 15th Street) and behind Integris medical center at 4509 Integris Parkway.

“We encourage people to be patient as we develop other access points to the trail and as we develop other portions of the trail around Arcadia Lake.”

The two entrances will not be finished until early next year, depending on weather, Dishman said.

For everyday users

City leaders also are expecting a grand opening in the springtime when final signs and trail markings are completed.

The first contractor, Rudy Construction, had 240 calendar days to finish the first three miles. The architect on the project was Doug Klassen, an engineer with MKEC Engineering.

Costs for the trail are free, even though current access to the trails will be located inside the pay-to-enter Spring Creek Park, but donations are encouraged, said Dishman.

Funding came from a three-quarter-cent special sales tax approved in 2000 for capital improvements projects, Commons said.

Running events, including 5Ks, are not expected to happen at the new trails as adequate facilities have yet to be built, Dishman said. He does not expect them anytime soon.

“We really want this to be for the everyday recreational user and not necessarily running events,” Dishman said. “We do not have the facilities out here to do a 5K.”

The city does hope to put in benches and two bike pump stations on the trail.

Integris Trail head connection

Construction is expected to begin next spring on a connection trail between the west parking lot at the front medical complex of Integris.

“We want to support this new trail system,” said Avilla Williams, president of Integris Health Edmond.

The city is spending $78,500 on design work for LandPlan Consultants to create the trails. Bids for construction have not gone out on the quarter-mile trail that is expected to cost more than $250,000 to build.

Fox Lane Connection and Wellness Park

City officials are working to obtain a grant from the Oklahoma Department of Transportation to begin construction on a connection at the Fox Lane Trail. The trail will allow connection between the current trail and the Spring Creek Trail.

The city also is talking with developers to obtain land to build a wellness park west of I-35 on Fox Lane. The Edmond City Council approved a $37,840 contract on Sept. 25 to begin design work with LandPlan Consultants.

The park will serve as a trailhead and add a parking area for the trail. No timeline has been indicated on when it will be finished.

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