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News and Projects about the Gateway & Brown's Creek Trails.

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  • 05/16/2024 10:59 AM | Beth Hayden (Administrator)

    Check out this recent article by the Gazette on habitat restoration work along Brown's Creek, plus a new access spur trail.

    Brown’s Creek Restoration map

  • 03/15/2024 2:38 PM | Beth Hayden (Administrator)

    As the election season draws near, it's a good time to remember that election signage is not allowed on public lands. Adjacent private landowners are within their rights to post, but public lands are neutral.

    If you see election signage on any Minnesota trail property, please feel free to remove it. Thank you.

  • 03/09/2024 7:43 AM | Beth Hayden (Administrator)

    This past year, thanks to contributions from GBCTA members, the Association made a significant investment in a new brush cutter for trail clearing. It was a long process to find a good brush-cutter at an appropriate price. But the DNR did! And it's doing it's job on the trails.

  • 02/01/2024 8:08 AM | Beth Hayden (Administrator)
    Check out this recent article by the Parks & Trails Council of Minnesota to learn more about ebikes in Minnesota.
  • 01/15/2024 8:28 AM | Beth Hayden (Administrator)

    This year's Candlelight Hike not only includes the beautiful serenity of a 1 mile candlelit hike in the quiet of a winter woodland - there will also be food!

    The Eggroll Queen and the Brick Oven Bus will be available for guests who would like to purchase some warm and tasty noshes while enjoying the evening.

    Jan 26, 5-8 pm, 8698 75th St N Stillwater, MN 55082. Parking at Wildwood Elementary School.

    Find details about the event here.

  • 10/13/2023 11:33 AM | Beth Hayden (Administrator)
    • The L’Orient re-connection was completed at the end of July
    • New mile maker signs will be installed this fall
    •  Slight delay on the Westminster construction, anticipate completion October 11th
    • Winter plowing from Cayuga to Jamaca will be done by the DNR, Manning to Laurel on the Brown’s Creek will be done by the City of Stillwater
    • Yield to Horses signage will be installed for everyone's safety. Fast bikes in particular can startle horses along the trail.
    • The Candlelight Snowshoe/Hike will be Friday, January 26th. 
    • Extension plans through William O’Brien continue to be discussed.
  • 09/18/2023 9:29 PM | Beth Hayden (Administrator)

    Washington County is working to secure additional funding for road construction and a trail access on County Highway 5, from Sycamore Street to Highway 96.

    The County is:

    • Resurfacing the road
    • Resurfacing the exiting trails
    • Replacing the bridge that spans across Brown’s Creek
    • Adding turn lanes at the intersection of Johnson Court
    • Adding a trail on the west side of Highway 5 from Sycamore Street to Johnson Court

    This project is programmed for construction in 2025.

    As part of this project, they also hope to provide a safe and accessible trail connection from Highway 5 to the Brown’s Creek Trail.

    Project challenges include:
    • A significate grade difference from Highway 5 to Brown’s Creek Trail
    • Bedrock that will need to be removed to make this connection
    • Retaining walls that will need to be built

    Their initial appeal for funding through the state bonding fund was unfortunately unsuccessful.

    Without additional funding, this connection likely will not be included with the upcoming 2025 project.  While this is unfortunate, the design does not preclude the addition of this connection in the future.

  • 09/18/2023 9:05 PM | Beth Hayden (Administrator)

    The Gateway-Brown's Creek Trail Association was the recipient of the River Market round-up for the month of August.

    THANK YOU to the coop and it's shoppers.

    Over $3,000 was gifted to the association for trail improvement projects.

  • 08/05/2023 2:12 PM | Beth Hayden (Administrator)

    Sending a huge thank you to our volunteers who attended the Sat, Aug 5, invasive species removal day. The group removed an incredible number of invasive plants, and lopped encroaching willow. This is all in preparation for a new planting on the trail this fall with new trees and more native prairie plants. Thank you so much, volunteers!

    See photos of the group in action here.

  • 07/16/2023 10:19 PM | Beth Hayden (Administrator)

    By Tom O'Sullivan, board member

    There’s a lot going on at the St Paul end of the Gateway Trail this season. Two long-planned major projects are in the works: a new segment of the trail from Arlington Avenue to Maryland Avenue, and the removal and replacement of a railroad bridge at Westminster Avenue. 

    The trail south from Arlington Avenue has been newly routed, graded, and paved and now runs between the I-35E freeway and L’Orient Avenue. This replaces the old trail behind a shuttered K-Mart and next to an auto junkyard. The new trail runs through a short underpass below Maryland Avenue for a traffic-free ride or walk all the way to Cayuga Avenue, a short distance from downtown St Paul.

    Just north of Arlington Avenue, crews have taken down the old railroad bridge over Westminster Avenue. When the new bridge is complete this fall, the trail will re-open from Arlington to Wheelock Parkway. Until then, trail users can detour one block to Westminster and take that street just a few blocks to Wheelock. 

    The trailhead at Arlington Avenue has been busy and brighter, too. GBCTA has partnered with Urban Roots Minnesota to re-open the Arlington Gardens. A lively, East Side-based nonprofit, Urban Roots works with young people and other community members on food, garden, and conservation projects around town. About twenty gardeners are planting and tending their individual plots this summer.  By the time they’re harvesting their veggies this fall, the cityside Gateway will offer trail users a smooth ride or easy walk from near downtown to Maplewood, and on to Duluth Junction and Pine Point.

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