County Residents Ponder Trails

By Wednesday afternoon, 355 people had completed Kandiyohi County’s online trail survey, according to Matt Johnson, community development director at Mid-Minnesota Development Commission Community.

Mel Odens, Kandiyohi County public works director, left, and Amy Denz talk trails Wednesday at an open house at the New London Senior Center.
Mel Odens, Kandiyohi County public works director, and Amy Denz talk trails Wednesday at an open house at the New London Senior Center.

Johnson shared that information with the people attending the county’s trail open house at the New London Senior Center.
“We really are at the preliminary stage — getting input so the trails committee can sit down and look at it,” Johnson said.
The committee has representatives of various government agencies with skin in the trail game, but “anyone wanting to raise their hands” is welcome to participate as they consider the information gathered to develop a 10-year plan, Johnson said.
He said an important consideration in the process is balancing the creation of new trails and maintaining what the county already has.
He reminded people at the open house that the online survey will be taken down at the end of the month.
There was a sort of analog survey at the open house — pens, sticky notes and a county map.
Mel Odens, county public works director, used the map as he discussed current and future trails.
He said work on a trail along a portion of County Road 5 would begin with grating next year. Paving of the trail on the east side of the road near Norway Lake will be done the following year.
As trails, bike lanes and “Share the Road” signs pop up in Willmar and throughout the county, things are looking up for hikers and bikers.
Click here to link to the survey, which will be online until May 27.