Progress continues for the private/public partnership between the Arcadia Lake Trail Coalition and the City of Edmond.
Construction is projected to begin early 2014 on the 3-mile long segment of Spring Creek Trail, which will be part of the larger Arcadia Lake Trail, said Craig Dishman, director of Parks and Recreation.
Private investment will pay for constructing the 18-20 mile long Arcadia Lake Trail, Dishman said this week before the Fish and Game Commission. The Arcadia Lake Trail Coalition is a nonprofit group set with the task of raising $20 million for the project.
All engineering and design costs will be paid by the City of Edmond to the tune of about $2 million, Dishman said. The estimated cost for the 18-foot wide trail ranges from $800,000 to $1 million a mile, he added.
“There’s a bridge that needs to be part of this,” Dishman said.
The environmental review process found no endangered species or anything of archeological significance to interfere with the project, Assistant City Manager Steve Commons said in April. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers continues to conduct a final review of the area, Dishman said.
“The plan is to hire an engineering firm to design the complete loop this fall,” Dishman said.
Jim Tapp, president and CEO of Tapp Development Corp., is committed to adding an exercise wellness park to the north tract of the Fox Lake Trail. The trail will go under a bridge to go to Spring Creek Park, Dishman said.
“Before you get to Spring Creek Park, we’re also starting on a trail that will hopefully be constructed and completed by next summer,” Dishman said.
Fox Lake Trail will connect the Mercy Edmond I-35 trail in the Fox Lake area of Walmart and Sam’s to the Spring Creek Trail.
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.
“That’s our goal. It might be a few years before we get to that point,” Dishman said.
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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