The Edmond Sun

April 17, 2013

Environmental review clears way for Arcadia Lake trail plan

James Coburn
The Edmond Sun

EDMOND — The environmental review process for an 18- to 20-mile Edmond trail to wrap around Arcadia Lake found no endangered species or anything of archeological significance to interfere with the project, said Steve Commons, assistant city manager.

Federal laws require a survey of cultural resources including archeological significance. The needs of the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation also are tailored into the plan, Commons said. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will conduct a final review.

“The design plans have gone through engineering and back to the designer to put in final form,” Commons said this week to members of the Capital Projects and Financing Task Force.

The Edmond City Council already has approved $200,000 of park tax funds for the purpose of preliminary engineering services for part of a trail to extend around Arcadia Lake. Private investment will pay for constructing the lake trail. A bid letting for the project is expected in August.

“In order for the private portion of this initiative to get any legs, we’ve got to have something started, because our ability to do fundraising for something that hasn’t started is very, very difficult,” said task force member David Tew of the Arcadia Lake Trail Coalition.

The coalition is set with the task of raising $20 million for the project, Tew said. Coalition members have told donors that construction probably will begin in August with a portion of the trail to be completed by January, Tew said. The trail will start in Spring Creek Park.

Edmond’s master trails plan calls for trails to extend from Mitch Park to Arcadia Lake. So far only segments of the trails have been completed. Mitch Park trails will need to link to a trail at the Covell Underpass, which extends to Danforth.

The city already has spent $3.7 million on the trail system since voters approved the 2000 Capital Improvement Sales Tax, according to city records. The council already has approved funding to build a multi-use trail to go under Interstate 35 to connect Arcadia Lake’s Spring Creek Park to Hafer Park.



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