The City of Edmond realizing the health, social, physical, environmental and economic benefits to trails, has a made commitment to trails in our community. With a completed Trails Master Plan in 1999, these identified projects are seen as an investment in the future as they increase community pride and improve the quality of life. In a recent survey for the Edmond Parks and Recreation Master Plan, 85% of responders expressed an interest in more connected trails and 82% wanted more trails in natural environments.
Two trails are at the forefront of the project list. First, Spring Creek Trail will run from the west side of I-35 between 2nd and 15th Streets to Spring Creek Park at Arcadia Lake. Next, Arcadia Lake Trail is a multi-use 18 mile trail around the lake that enables walkers, joggers and cyclists to enjoy the natural beauty of the area while preserving the native habitat and vegetation. This trail will serve the Oklahoma City Metro’s need as the longest and widest trail available to recreational users.
The Spring Creek Multi-Use Trail opened Thanksgiving Day, 2017 with a formal dedication still to come in Spring 2018. The 3.1 mile long pathway runs west from Spring Creek Park at Arcadia Lake to I-35. The eighteen foot wide trail has dedicated lanes for both cycling and running/walking.
To access the trial, residents can enter Spring Creek Park on 15th Street, but will not be charged a fee if only accessing the trail. Signage and flyers will direct users to parking and the trailhead.
In 2018, the trail will receive two new trailheads at Integris Medical Center and at Fox Lake Trail on the west side of I-35. The trail will also connect to the proposed future Arcadia Lake Trail that will loop around the lake.
The eighteen mile long Arcadia Lake Trail will be privately funded and does not have a current timeline for construction. The Arcadia Lake Trail Coalition together with the Edmond Land Conservancy continue to work on public support, promotions and agreements while beginning fund-raising efforts for the construction of the Arcadia Lake Trail.