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Bike trail to extend through GV campground

Published: Monday, April 22, 2013 10:08 a.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, April 22, 2013 11:33 a.m. CDT
(CNA photo by KYLE WILSON)
The red X in this photo indicates where the current Creston walking/bike trail ends. The red line around the lake shows the proposed 3 1/2-mile trail that could be constructed at Green Valley State Park later this year.

It keeps getting longer.

The hard surfaced walking/bike trail in Creston — that starts at McKinley Park and twists north all the way to Green Valley Lake — will soon be extended.

Alan Carr, GV state park ranger, said plans are underway to extend the current trail from the GV dam around the east side of the lake, then eventually it would weave back south through the beach area and campground sites.

“We’d like to have this project completed this construction season,” Carr said. “It will be a 3 1/2-mile addition to the current trail. We think it will really complement our park. Bike and walking trails are very popular right now and they’ve always been a way to connect parks and communities.”

Carr said this is a state-funded Department of Natural Resources (DNR) project. They are currently receiving bids for the project — so Carr said nothing is in stone at this point.

Carr said the long-term plan is to have a hard surface for bikers and walkers completely around the lake — totaling 10 miles of trail. The trail would be one of several recent improvements at Green Valley Lake. For a visual view of the proposed 3 1/2-mile trail at Green Valley Park, see the map provided on page 16A of today’s CNA.

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