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Nine Mile Creek Regional Trail Controversy

A recent article in the StarTribune highlighted the controversy surrounding the selection of the most appropriate route for the proposed Nine Mile Creek Regional Trail.  The trail is a joint effort between the Three Rivers Park District and the City of Edina.

The controversy is over whether the trail should be constructed creekside or along existing city streets.  Supporters of the creekside option are hoping for a more scenic route on a thin strip of land following the wooded shores along the winding creek.  Opponents of the creekside option are primarily homeowners who feel the strip of land is too narrow, too close to their homes and back yards, or too ecologically sensitive and prone to flooding to be a good route for a bicycle trail.  It’s not clear to me from the article whether the streetside route would consist of on-street or off-street facilities.

Supporters of the creekside route have established the website http://edinatrails.org/ to support their cause, while supporters of the streetside route have established their own website http://www.9milecreek.org/.  A map of the proposed routes can be found here or here.  More information and project documents, including the Environmental Assessment Worksheet can be found on the Nine Mile Creek Watershed Districts project page.

So tell me what you think about the trail route controversy.  Do you prefer a creekside or streetside route for the trail?  Why?

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