A virtual meeting to review options for the Summit Avenue Regional Trail Master Plan will be held from 7-8 p.m. Monday, June 6. Participants must sign up at tinyurl.com/22cbm4k4. The city is also taking comments at engagestpaul.org/summit.

The city’s Department of Parks and Recreation has been working on design ideas for the trail for several months. The plans cover the entire length of Summit, from the Mississippi River to downtown. Summit has sidewalks on both sides, and on-street bike lanes or shared traffic lanes.

City staff and a task force have looked at several ideas for the corridor, including separating the bike and walking trails from the street. That could mean losing trees along Summit, which has drawn objections from homeowners and the Summit Avenue Residential Preservation Association. City staff is emphasizing that no critical decisions have been made at this time regarding green space.

After design ideas are presented to the public, the master plan will go through a review and approval process with the city’s Parks and Recreation Commission and City Council. That should wrap up this fall. 

No funding for changes is allocated. In the future, the city could seek regional trail funding from the Metropolitan Council.

— Jane McClure

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