By the end of today, paving will be completed on the East Cannon River Trail (part of the Greenway Corridor). I took these photos late Thursday afternoon.
The paved trail currently ends a few hundred feet shy of the old Village School, now owned by the Northfield Hospital (and soon to house 40+ hospital operations employees). Sean Simonson, Engineering Tech Coordinator for the City of Northfield, told me that in a few weeks, that short segment will be completed and paved as well, connecting to the parking lot of the Hospital operations office building.
The bad news?
When I blogged about the trail back in mid-May, I assumed it would extend all the way to Dundas since the Babcock Park Lift Station & Interceptor Sewer Project involves Northfield taking more shit from Dundas.
Alas, I was wrong.
The trail ends at a swamp just south of the Hospital operations office building. And there are no current plans/funding to extend the trail along the river all the way to Dundas, despite the wording on the Parks and Trails Legacy Grant Program page for the East Cannon River Trail that says it’s a "3 mile multi-use trail."
It’s really about one mile. Maybe 1.5.
To get to Dundas from the end of the paved trail (again, in a week or so when it connects to the hospital operations parking lot) you’ll need to take the frontage road (Bollenbacher Drive) along Hwy 3 to Riverview Drive by Perkins, west to Cannon Road, south all the way to County 1, and then west into Dundas where you can then return to Northfield via the Mill Towns Trail.
So we’re a long way from a complete 6-mile loop trail. But it’s a considerable improvement. The East Cannon River Trail now provides trail access to the Babcock Park baseball field, the Northfield Ice Arena, and all the businesses in the area.