Pioneer Press: Thirty years in the making, Fish Creek Trail to open in Maplewood on Thursday

The grand opening of Fish Creek Trail, just over a mile long, will be celebrated June 22, 2017. (Courtesy of City of Maplewood)
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Thirty years ago, Maplewood residents went knocking on the doors of City Hall asking city leaders to preserve the Fish Creek area. This Thursday, the grand opening of Fish Creek Trail will finally be celebrated.

Fish Creek Trail was acquired and restored with the help of many partners and volunteers. (City of Maplewood / Courtesy Photo)
Fish Creek Trail was acquired and restored with the help of many partners and volunteers. (Courtesy of City of Maplewood)

The ceremony will run from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Henry Lane and Carver Avenue. In addition to a ribbon-cutting ceremony and a chance to see the trail, there will also be snacks, a door prize for kids, a butterfly kite craft for little ones, and more.

With the help of more than 11 partners and many volunteers, Maplewood acquired and restored the property and built a trail just over a mile long.

“To us, it’s really special because of all the partnerships on this project from acquisition to restoration and from trail construction to research and education,” Maplewood Natural Resources Coordinator Virginia Gaynor said.