This just in from Ann Bernstein on the Longfellow Community Council’s River Gorge Committee mailing list:
It’s my pleasure to share some news that I know will make many runners happy: Nick Eoloff, the project manager for the West River Parkway Trail renovation project, has informed me that the Park & Rec Board has agreed to install asphalt pavement for the walking trail along the Parkway instead of the planned concrete. While concrete is more durable, runners were adamant that concrete is too hard for a running surface, and that they might be inclined to run on the bike trail instead. The bike trail will remain asphalt, as originally planned.
Nick says that this change is in direct response to the overwhelming public comments against the concrete walkways.
Congratulations to those of you who raised your concerns, and a big thanks to Nick and the planning team for listening.
That’s excellent news, and a huge win for everyone who uses the trails along the Mississippi river.
Thanks, Nick, for taking the time to listen to and address the concerns of many of Minneapolis’ most passionate trail enthusiasts.