This week, Parks and Recreation is ripping up and rebuilding one of the bicycle and pedestrian paths in Como Regional Park that really needs it. It’s the path that stretches roughly two-thirds of a mile from Schiffman Fountain, across Lexington, then along the golf course and up the hill toward Montana.
The portion on the west side of Lexington will be dug up and newly paved. The portion east of Lexington will be dug up and widened to 12 feet; the wider path officially will allow two-way bicycle traffic through that stretch of the park.
The trail section from Montana south to the new Lexington crosswalk was scheduled to be paved May 1, weather permitting. However, the trail section from there south to Schiffman Fountain ran into soil issues, so that dirt will remain dug up until it dries out and workers can install a new base.
The project begins implementing recommendations made last year by the Como Community Council’s Pathways Project. Those recommendations give the city specific suggestions to improve the condition and function of pedestrian and bicycle paths in the regional park; upgrade signs; create maps, kiosks, and other “wayfinding” tools; and upgrade amenities along paths.
The community council is talking with Parks staff on how to implement more recommendations when the department rebuilds the parking lots outside the Lakeside Pavilion and the golf course. That construction is penciled in for fall 2020 or early 2021.
Originally published April 24; updated May 1