New trail promotes accessibility

Longtime Bloomington residents, Steve and Carol Cermak, above, enjoy outdoor trails, especially ones with accessible features. The Cermaks want everyone to know about the new paved trails near the Lyndale Avenue boat launch at the Minnesota River.  

“Since my wife is in a wheelchair, these things are really nice,” Steve said. “You get a whole new perspective when someone is elderly or disabled. A smooth path makes a big difference to someone pushing a wheelchair.”

As avid outdoor enthusiasts, the Cermaks enjoy getting out into nature and hitting the trails around town. In the past, that was difficult in Bloomington along the
Minnesota River.

On their Facebook page, “Wandering Wheelchair,” they wrote, “A great big thank you to the City of Bloomington for taking just a boat ramp at the end of Lyndale and making it into a place to be enjoyed by walkers, bicyclists, families, and picnicking. AND ACCESSIBLE. Also, really love the new walkway on 35W going over the river!” 

The I-35W walkway and Minnesota Valley State Trail were constructed by the Minnesota Department of Transportation and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and reflect a collaborative effort to make Bloomington more accessible, connected, and pedestrian- and bicycle-friendly.

Paved trails promote accessibility and support the City’s strategic priorities for community amenities, and equity and inclusion. For more information, call
952-563-8920 or visit blm.mn/trailMVR.