Mayor Charles Lamb said he hopes the groundbreaking of Spring Creek Trail will foster fundraising for Arcadia Lake Trail.
Saturday morning marked the groundbreaking for the 3.1-mile Spring Creek Trail in Edmond. The groundbreaking was at the site of a proposed wellness park where the trail will begin at the intersection of Fox Lake Lane along the Interstate 35 Frontage Road.
“Trails are a big part of who Edmond is,” Lamb said.
Edmond has had a masters trails program in place since 1999, Lamb said. Spring Creek Trail will be the largest single trail the City of Edmond has constructed, he added. Spring Creek Trail is 100-percent city funded with a cost of $3.2 million, according to the city.
“It will add 25 percent to our mileage of trails,” Lamb said.
The 18-foot-wide trail will proceed east under I-35 along the creek for about three miles to Spring Creek Park at Arcadia Lake. The bridges will be 20 feet wide.
The trail will connect the 18.8-mile Arcadia Lake Trail, a trail to be funded by private donations, said Kasey Evans, chairman of the Arcadia Lake Trail Coalition.
Arcadia Lake Trail in partnership with the Edmond Land Conservancy and the City of Edmond is a nonprofit entity, comprised of private business leaders, community leaders, legislators, parents and enthusiasts, Evans said.
“However, even with these great positive results, we have a ways to go to reach our total goal of $32-34 million,” Evans said.
Legacy donations may include the naming rights of the trail and aspects such as the bridges, trail markers and rest areas.
This multi-use trail will be free to the public and serve the metro’s needs as the longest and widest dedicated trail loop available to recreational users, Evans said.
“This initiative will enable walkers, joggers, cyclists of all ages and abilities to enjoy the natural scenic beauty of Lake Arcadia in a safe environment while preserving natural habitat and vegetation,” Evans said.
Arcadia Trails is the vision of David Tew, Caleb McCaleb, Jim Tapp and Evans, who said he cannot take credit for the trail.
“What’s really inspiring to me is these men did not ask others to build their vision. They did not ask the city to build it or the state to build it for them,” Evans said. “Rather, they asked to share the vision and to build it with them.”
Business leader Luke Corbett said he became interested in Arcadia Trails as a board member of INTEGRIS Health System. Eighty-five percent of a health outcome is determined by lifestyle choices and genetics, Corbett said.
“If I can impact half of that 85 percent in a positive manner, then I think I should do that,” Corbett said. “I think you should do that. That’s why I chose to be a part of the Arcadia Trails project.”