Spring Creek Trail runs along Arcadia Lake

An aerial view of a portion of the Spring Lake Trail near Arcadia Lake is advancing through construction phases.

Construction of the Spring Creek Trail is moving forward, said Assistant City Manager Steve Commons. Groundbreaking for the paved, multiuse Spring Creek Trail at Arcadia Lake was in October.

The Spring Creek Trail will cover 3.1 miles beginning just north of Fox Lake Lane, and running east along the creek to Spring Creek Park at Arcadia Lake. This key trail will be the connection point to the future Arcadia Lake Trail encompassing the lake.

“We found one area where we had a conflict with a utility gas line that we have to work around,” Commons said. “I think we’ve got solutions.”

A soft area of ground has been discovered on the trail that brings concerns about placement of the trail, he said. The city recently authorized the soil analysis and drilling in the boggy soil, Commons told members of the Capital Projects and Financing Task Force.

“If you’ve been out there walking it’s fine. You can see where it’s going to go,” Commons said. “They’re working on both ends of it trying to get things going.”

If the problem cannot be solved soon the city may consider adding a bridge over the soft soil.

The Arcadia Lake Trail has been unanimously endorsed by Edmond and Oklahoma City’s mayors and city councils, as well as the Oklahoma County Board of Commissioners, the Association of Central Oklahoma Governments, the University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond Public Schools and the Central Oklahoma Homebuilders Association along with many other community organizations and property owners.

The 18.8-mile trail will have multiple access points and be the longest and widest trail available to walkers, joggers, cyclists and wellness and outdoor enthusiasts. Designed with an 18-foot divided, multiuse paved trail in all high traffic areas around the lake, safety is one of the trail’s top priorities. The trail will also feature two, iconic I-35 gateway bridges, a repurposed historic bridge and numerous rest stops.

Edmond has had a masters trails program in place since 1999. Spring Creek Trail will be the largest single trail the City of Edmond has constructed, according to Mayor Charles Lamb.

The Spring Creek Trail is being funded by the City of Edmond at a cost just over $3.2 million. The Arcadia Lake Trail is being funded through private funding and donations.

“All of that funding comes from the 2000 Capital Improvement Sales Tax,” said Larry Stevens, city manager.