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News & Project Updates

This is where you will find information about various projects relevant to the Gateway & Brown's Creek Trails.

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  • 03/25/2021 6:42 AM | Andre Bessette (Administrator)

    Washington County is seeking $3 million in state funding to construct a trailhead and trail connection(s) from County State Aid Highway (CSAH) 5 (Stonebridge Trail) to the Browns Creek State Trail.

    Read more about the project here.


  • 02/24/2021 6:42 AM | Andre Bessette (Administrator)

    This spring, enjoy one more amenity at Brown's Creek Park when you're passing through or getting ready to head out on the trail: a new water station! The Gateway Brown's Creek Trail Association was proud to be part of this project.

    From Tom McCarty, City Administrator for Stillwater: 
    “The City of Stillwater is very proud of the collaborative effort by the Gateway Trail Association, community members, City Council and city staff, in completing the water station project at Neal Avenue adjacent to the Brown’s Creek Trail.  As a Stillwater resident, bicycling enthusiast and trail user, I am very appreciative of the community support for the City’s vision and planning for bicycling and pedestrian trails.  This is another great amenity to enhance the trail recreation users’ experience.”  

     

  • 02/15/2021 6:42 AM | Andre Bessette (Administrator)

    A partnership between the City of North St. Paul and Rotary Club of North St Paul - Maplewood - Oakdale, Rotary Park has parking, benches, covered pavilions, a bike repair station, and (recently completed) year-round public restrooms. The restrooms are open every day at 7 am and close at 9 pm.


  • 02/09/2021 5:43 AM | Andre Bessette (Administrator)

    Curious about the trail conditions after a snowfall? Check out snow depth and conditions on the Gateway State Trail, Brown's Creek State Trail and other Minnesota trails here:

    Snow Depth and Groomed Trail Conditions



  • 01/21/2021 5:35 AM | Andre Bessette (Administrator)

    A recent column in the Pioneer Press served as a short but important  reminder about safety on the trail - it's available to read here.

    Remember:

    • Be aware of traffic at all trail/street intersections
    • Be sure to come to a full stop and look for traffic at all “Stop signs”, at all intersections
    • Follow safe trail use rules
    • Be safe out there!!




  • 05/17/2020 4:01 PM | Beth Hayden (Administrator)

    Thanks to GBCTA board member and master naturalist, Dennis Lindeke, for creating this guide to help trail users of all ages identify toads and frogs you might discover as you traverse the trails this spring and summer.

    Frog and Toad Calls on the Trails June 2020.pdf


  • 04/23/2020 11:50 AM | Ian Harding

    Folks were out early and all day with chalk to mark the 50th Earth Day with social distancing and face mask fashion in evidence.  Thanks to Kerri Kolstad for setting up this "event" . A photo album is here

  • 04/21/2020 8:00 AM | Ian Harding

    Here is the March 2020 update from the DNR about various construction and other projects along the trail:

    DNR Report and Updates:

    Rachel Henzen, DNR – As noted below: this report was written in early March 2020, some projects are likely to be delayed due to Minnesota COVID closures.

    35E/Maryland Ave Reroute – We are working through some wetland issues that will impact design. Construction is likely to take place sometime next year.

    Sewer Project – The City of St Paul has mostly completed the project behind Kmart and the trail has reopened. The project area still requires some touchup work that the City will complete this spring. In addition, since that section of trail hasn’t been opened for two years we’ll be working with the City to clean up the trail from Cayuga St to L’Orient St.

    Westminster Bridge – The project to replace the bridge and repair the trail should begin sometime this fall.

    Hadley Ave interchange – The trail and roads are open. We’ll be doing a final inspection this spring to evaluate how everything turned out and will likely add some signage.

    Brown’s Creek culvert in Stillwater – We have sent out a second bid this spring to have the failing culvert replaced. Depending on the weather the project should be completed by the end of June.

    Rush Line – We are continuing to meet with Ramsey County as plans move forward for the Rush Line. This will likely impact the trail at the intersection with the Bruce Vento. As we learn more we’ll pass information along.

    Aiple Park – We are working with the City of Stillwater as they plan for the future Aiple Park and determining how Brown’s Creek fits into the park. (This is the property just north of Stillwater between the trail and the river.)

    Candlelight Events – Thanks to everyone that came to the Gateway candlelight hike in January. It was definitely a record outing with somewhere between 800-900 attendees. If it continues to be that popular in the future, we will certainly need to recruit more volunteers.

    o 2020-2021 dates: Brown’s Creek – October 16, 2020, Gateway – January 22, 2021

    Brown’s Creek trail use counter – On Sunday March 8, we had 785 people go by the counter. By comparison, we didn’t even make it over 550/day in 2019 until 4/19!

    Extension Update - The Gateway Extension connection between William O’Brien State Park and the City of Scandia has gained some momentum this legislative session. Advocates, with technical assistance from DNR, are working hard to secure funding for continued design and construction of this approximately 3-mile segment of trail. DNR and local partners continue to pursue opportunities to purchase private land easements south of the park, including a few easements that are currently working their way through the real estate acquisition process.

    COVID-19 Update – Please be aware that all of the updates above assume normal operations without COVID-19 impacts. Unfortunately, the virus will have an impact on our operations especially as we try our best to implement social distancing for both our staff and public. Our highest priority at this point is the safety and health of both the public and DNR employees. If you have questions or concerns at any time feel free to email me (rachel.henzen@state.mn.us) as we’re not sure how much longer we’ll be working in our offices. I’d also ask for your patience as we enter this unknown and challenging time.


    Our Deepest Sympathies - Our thoughts go out to the families of John Oldendorf and Bill Berger during these difficult times. We appreciate all their work over the years for the Gateway and Brown’s Creek State Trails.




  • 04/20/2020 2:18 PM | Ian Harding

    Washington County is working on part 2 of their bike ped plan and seeking input . Please consider providing input especially in regards to county roads that help provide access to the Gateway and Brown's Creek Trails.  In the open comments section we are looking for support for making Highway 12 from Century/120 through to Mahtomedi/Willernie and beyond more bike ped friendly to help folks from White Bear area better access to the trails. The survey is https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MOVEbikepedsurvey

  • 03/15/2020 11:44 AM | Ian Harding

    A hard working crew of 9 GBCTA folks (Dennis L, Ian H, Jim M, Greg L, John C, Gil E, Ron M, Scott E, Dorian G ) were busy on Saturday March 14th and built 4 more ADA benches (2019-2020 total=8)  for the DNR to install on the Gateway trail. A big Thank you to all who worked on this additional amenity for the trail.




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