Blazing a new trail in Alexandria?
The Alexandria City Council voted Tuesday night to pursue a major trail project that would run the length of the city, from 50th Avenue to Lake L'Homme Dieu.
The north-south route would roughly follow existing flood board easements.
"Unquestionably, this is some of the most beautiful, quiet and scenic land in the city," said City Planner Mike Weber.
The project is still in the early preliminary phases. It will take millions of dollars and many years to actually build the trail, Weber said.
Last year, the city's park board and planning commission directed staff to seek grants for the project.
The city has since received a $25,000 offer from Acting Living Douglas County to help in the next phase of the design, tightening up a possible route, with the condition that the city contribute to the project.
The council allocated $5,000 from its park development fund. It still has about $70,000 in the fund.