Plymouth community celebrates Northwest Greenway trail opening

Current and past council members and city staff involved in the project cut the ribbon along the Northwest Greenway’s Vicksburg pedestrian bridge. (Sun Sailor staff photo by Kristen Miller) With the Northwest Greenway 20 years in the making, “I’m just so proud of everything we’ve done,” said Plymouth Parks and Recreation Director Diane Evans with emotion as she thanked members of  parks and recreation department, the engineering firm SRF, and current and past council members. “It’s amazing for our community, for the City of Plymouth, and for the Parks and Recreation Department,” Evans said. (Sun Sailor staff photo by Kristen Miller) Plymouth resident Michelle Cremers was one of 230 volunteers who helped plant 1,500 trees and shrubs June 4 along the Northwest Greenway prior to the ribbon-cutting. Thus far, more than 500 volunteers have planted more than 2,500 trees along the trail.  (Sun Sailor staff photo by Kristen Miller) Siblings Michael and Katie Dobraska spread mulch around the newly planted trees. They were volunteering with Plymouth Covenant Church as part of the church’s Serve Day. “We love working with these different community groups and faith-based organizations,” said Jackie Maas, volunteer coordinator for Plymouth. Additionally, 25 people from the Bahai community also volunteered. (Sun Sailor staff photo by Kristen Miller) Councilors and Mayor Kelli Slavik commemorate the opening of the Northwest Greenway by tossing mulch on a newly planted tree. (Sun Sailor staff photo by Kristen Miller) Several volunteer organizations helped plant trees and shrubs June 4, including Girls Scouts and Wayzata High School Y.E.S. Club. Plymouth Fresh Thyme Farmers Market donated fruit for the volunteer effort. (Sun Sailor staff photo by Kristen Miller)  Several volunteer organizations helped plant trees and shrubs June 4, including Girls Scouts and Wayzata High School Y.E.S. Club.
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With the Northwest Greenway 20 years in the making, “I’m just so proud of everything we’ve done,” said Plymouth Parks and Recreation Director Diane Evans with emotion as she thanked members of parks and recreation department, the engineering firm SRF, and current and past council members. “It’s amazing for our community, for the City of Plymouth, and for the Parks and Recreation Department,” Evans said. (Sun Sailor staff photo by Kristen Miller)

The community gathered for a ribbon-cutting ceremony commemorating the official opening of the Northwest Greenway, 350 acres of preserved land and trails in northwest Plymouth. “The trail you’re standing on today exists due to the work of many individuals over the past two decades,” said Plymouth Parks and Recreation Director Diane Evans to the crowd gathered June 4 along the Northwest Greenway’s Vicksburg pedestrian bridge. The Northwest Greenway is much more than a city park and trail, “it’s in a class of itself,” stated Plymouth City Manager Dave Callister, adding that the project is about preserving nature, wildlife and forestry, and provides access to those natural amenities. Spanning east to west from Lake Camelot to Wayzata High School with connections throughout, the trail connects to other regional trails and parks throughout northern Plymouth. Three miles is completes with four to five remaining. “We’ve got along way to go, but this is a good chance to get people out here and see what we’ve done so far, and we’re really excited to finish it off as well,” he said. When finished there will be three trailheads – two on Peony Lane and one on Cheshire, along with three bike fix-it stations, water fountains with bottle-filling features, and dog-drinking stations, 350 acres, completed trails goes through 10 neighborhoods, with more planned. Plymouth will change over time, but one thing will remain the same – the land we are preserving. It will be here for future generations to enjoy, and no doubt these future residents will appreciate the foresight, patience and care that went into planning this monumental project,” said Mayor Kelli Slavik, who also took the opportunity to thank the staff and volunteers involved in the project.