Warner Parks Undergo Renovations

Posted at 5:07 PM, Apr 25, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-25 23:30:54-04

Renovations began at Edwin Warner and Percy Warner parks.

Major construction work started Monday at the very popular parks. Some of the plans included growing the trail system by seven miles, including a new route to the red trail.

"With these projects we are working on now were trying to get ahead and manage impacts from cars, and help insure we can impact the quality of the user experience," said Tim Netsch with Metro Parks Department.

Four new parking were set to be added in several different areas, but that will still leave ten miles for scenic drives.

Cars will also be banned from the 5.8 mile loop that runs through the park. The change was designed to reduce the wear and tear along the paths and creeks.

Metro Parks officials said around 1 million people visit the park each year, and the numbers keep climbing.

Visitors hoped the changes would help preserve the park for years to come. "It's a beautiful park to run in and walk and walk the dog, we have children who run up the stairs, it's a nice asset to the community.," said Randy Frahm.

Some of the new parking lots have already been completed. Others will be done in the next couple of weeks.

Closures along the nearly 6-mile loop will start this week. Metro Parks said the plans will cost a total of about $1 million.