Phase 1 of Bike Trail Improvement Project Along Spencer and Tomar Parks Is Complete!

Portions of the bike trail near Spencer and Tomar Parks, located along the Big Sioux River between the South Cliff Avenue bridge and the South Minnesota Avenue bridge, will reopen later this evening and be ready for your morning commute. This marks the completion of Phase 1 of the reconstruction project. The new trail is 12 feet wide and offers a smooth surface, clear site lines, views to the river, and improved drainage.

“This segment of our city’s nearly 30 miles of bike trail is one of our most popular, and we want trail users to be able to enjoy the summer on a fully open trail system,” says Mike Patten, Park Development Specialist.

Phase 2 will begin after the Labor Day weekend and include a complete reconstruction of the bike trail from Tomar Park to Cliff Avenue. The wider trail and improved alignment planned in Phase 2 will greatly improve the user experience on one of our most frequented sections of trail. The entire project is expected to be completed by late fall 2017.

Light construction activity will continue along the sides of the trail. Trail users are urged to use caution while recreating near the construction area.

For more information regarding the bike trail, visit