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- What is a Greenway?
A 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
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How does the Greenway
protect against flooding?
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.
Why do we need a Greenway?
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.
How is the Greenway
The initial construction of the Greenway was funded with federal, state, and
local dollars. In both communnities, the ongoing operations and maintenance are
funded through a monthly fee to every residence and business on the utility
What types of
recreational facilities does the Greenway offer?
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.
What type of material was
used to pave the trails?
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.
Where is the trail located?
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.
Greenway easily accessible?
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
Is the Greeneway handicap
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.
Is the Greenway mowed?
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
How can I get involved
with the Greenway?
The Greenway & Trail Users Advisory Group
meets monthly to discuss Greenway and trail system items. Residents of the
Greater Grand Forks area are welcome to attend. For more information about this
group, click here.
How can I receive
Greenway updates on events and activities?
You can register to receive email announcements by contacting
us at email@example.com and typing "Email
Updates" in the subject.
I have an idea for a new
feature or improvement to the Greenway. Is there a process for submitting new
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.