City staff members are working on plans to close specific sidewalk gaps in 2018 which include:
The area on the north side of Coon Rapids Boulevard, adjacent to the WCCO radio tower.
A segment on 115th Avenue, west of University Avenue.
Miscellaneous small gaps on the north side of Coon Rapids Boulevard between the City of Anoka and Hanson Boulevard.
A section of Coon Rapids Boulevard between Springbrook Drive and 93rd Ave.
Staff expects to present the plans to the City Council in the spring for final approval.
Several new trail segments are complete as part of the Park Bond plans.
Wilderness Trail extension from Avocet Street to Bunker Hills Park is now complete, providing a 0.7 mile connection allowing travel from the nearby neighborhood to the park.
Egret Boulevard - between Coon Rapids Boulevard and 99th Avenue near the Coon Rapids Dam is substantially complete as of September. The existing trail on the south side of Coon Rapids Boulevard between Hanson and Egret Boulevard was also reconstructed.
Coon Rapids Boulevard Extension trail construction, from east of Coon Rapids Boulevard to west of Foley Boulvard is substantially complete as of September.
Several other trails have been improved in city parks that are unrelated to the Park Bond dollars. Trail improvements have taken place in Bison Creek Park, Epiphany Ponds Park, Marshland Park, Mercy Park, Wildwood Park, Wintercrest Park and Woodview Park. Pedestrian ramps were also installed in some locations.
Construction of the 85th Avenue Trail is complete. The trail connects Springbrook Nature Center with Kennedy Park. Users will be able to navigate through surrounding neighborhoods to reach the trails into Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park.
A narrow pedestrian bridge has been replaced in Erlandson Park (1105 Egret Boulevard). The bridge is now 10-feet wide, which allows for easier access for maintenance vehicles and will provide more room for people who use the trail.
As of the fall of 2015, paving is complete on portions of the Coon Rapids Boulevard Trail, on the south side of the road from Eldorado Street to Hanson Boulevard. The new section of paved trail is 3 miles long.
Portions of trails have been re-surfaced in Lions Coon Creek Park (1664 119th Avenue), Nelson Park (209 110th Avenue) and Parkside Park (700 99th Avenue) as part of regular maintenance.
As of summer 2015, construction is complete on the Wilderness Park Trail, which connects the trail from 121st Avenue by Fire Station 2 to Avocet & Main Street. A $65,000 grant from the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) helped to fund the trail.