Bloomington Old Cedar Avenue Trailhead

Bloomington, Minnesota

In conjunction with the City of Bloomington and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, SRF developed concepts to provide an enhanced trailhead, with cultural and historic interpretation and wayfinding, a restroom and shelter facility, seating, and trail amenities to attract new visitors to the newly rehabilitated Old Cedar Avenue Bridge and Minnesota River Valley Wildlife Refuge. The reconfigured parking lot better accommodates parking and an area for dropping-off. Monument entry signage, cut limestone benches, interpretive panels, and swaths of native plantings welcome visitors to the site, while wayfinding signage and reconfigured paths lead visitors to trails, a shelter with restrooms, and views of the bridge and Long Meadow Lake. Across the bridge, at the foot of the Highway 77 pedestrian bridge ramp, a small trailhead directs visitors to different destinations in the area. SRF also developed concepts to explore site-based interpretative elements; for example, an interpretive river walk incorporated public art and seating into a walkway designed to interact with the seasonal flooding that occurs on site, as well as provide visitors interpretation of the waterfowl and aquatic species that call this area home.