Can I ride my atv or motorcycle on the Greenway trails?
What is The Greenway? The Greenway is a linear corridor of 2,200 acres of open space areas, vegetation, and recreational features. As it relates to Greater Grand Forks, it is the open space between the banks of the river and the flood protection system.
Funding: The initial construction of the Greenway was funded with federal, state, and local dollars. In both communities, the ongoing operations and maintenance are funded through a monthly fee to every residence and business on the utility bill.
Flood Protection: A key function of the Greenway is flood mitigation. The wide open space between the river banks and the flood protection system allow water to pass through with less constraint on the river, less strain on the levees, and less chance of ice damming.
Aside from flood mitigation, the Greenway is an enhancement to the local quality of life providing recreational opportunities and scenic views previously unavailable to the public in the Greater Grand Forks area. In addition, it will allow for restoration and the reestablishment of native riparian prairie and stream bank vegetation
The trail system is located on the wet side of the levee and runs the length of the Greenway, with spur trails offering opportunities to explore areas closer to the river.
Recreation features: A wide variety of recreational activities await the Greenway user. Picnic shelters with grills and rest room facilities, shore-bank fishing sites, boat ramps, basketball and volleyball courts, ice-skating and hockey rinks, playground equipment, two golf courses, three disc golf courses and a dog park are just some of the recreation available in the Greenway. These recreational areas are connected by a paved multi use trail system featuring two pedestrian bridges providing seamless transition between the two communities.
Trail paving: The primary trail is paved with asphalt, with a few sections of pre-existing trail paved with concrete. In addition, the option exists for a series of unpaved trails weaving throughout the Greenway, offering a more natural alternative to runners and hikers.
Access: The Greenway is accessible through entrances the flood protection system or up and over trails. Some entry points feature parking lots and restroom facilities. Please refer to the Greenway map for specific locations of access points.
Handicap Accessibility: Yes! All trails and up-and-overs are constructed to a 5% or less grade, unless marked. Wheelchair accessible picnic tables are located in the picnic shelters.
Mowing: Areas of high use within the Greenway are mowed on a regular basis. However, some areas with native grass, wildflowers, and other forms of vegetation to aid in riparian restoration and offer a more natural setting will not be mowed. More information is available in our vegetation management policy
Plowing: Indeed they are! Outdoor recreation doesn't stop when the temperatures and snow fall. Crews plow the paved trails after major snowfalls but be patient - it may take a while because plowing the streets takes priority. Lower trails remain unplowed to accommodate cross-country skiing.
Ideas: Yes there is! Each year we receive many requests for new facilities or improvements to existing facilities in the Greenway. Many factors go into the decision making process, first and foremost being the role of the Greenway as a floodplain. If you have an idea you would like considered, please complete the Greenway Project Request Form (Office Word or PDF) and submit to the address on the form. You may be asked to present an overview of your project idea to the Greenway Technical Committee for consideration. After reviewing the request the committee will determine whether the project is feasible within the Greenway and if so, which agency will handle the request. That agency will then guide the request through the proper channels of their organization.
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