In November 2015, Ramsey County acquired 93 additional acres of the former Twin Cities Army Ammunition Plant to build a bike and pedestrian trail adjacent to Rice Creek Commons. The multi-use trail will connect the Rice Creek North Regional Trail and the Highway 96 Regional Trail.
Rice Creek Commons is intended to be a pedestrian- and bike-friendly development. Building a new connection to the Rice Creek Regional Trail will be an important asset to attract developers, property owners, and residents. With this trail, Rice Creek Commons will connect to a regional system consisting of 240 miles of trails throughout the Twin Cities.
As a part of the Federal Lands to Parks Program, the county did not need to purchase the land, but is responsible for environmental remediation on the site before it is fully acquired from the federal government. Remediation, which is expected to be finished in 2016, will be completed by Carl Bolander and Sons.
The remediation of the future trail is expected to cost $1.88 million. The Metropolitan Council awarded the county a $1.7 million grant for remediation work in October 2015, and the Ramsey County Board of Commissioners allocated $716,000 to complete the necessary remediation efforts as well as remove building structures, fencing, railroad tracks, and utility poles.