Section of Porter Park trail nearly complete — but project has blocks to go

A reader sent us a question about the new eight-foot paved trail along Brush Creek on Tomahawk Road from Porter Park to 71st Street that we’re guessing several Villagers are wondering about: “Do you know why the sidewalk does not continue one block more so it would be a perfect stroll from the park to the PV shops?”

The answer is: eventually the trail will go all the way to the shops. But precisely when the next section will be completed, no one knows. The Parks Master Plan adopted by the city in 2009 calls for a wide trail all the way from Porter Park along Tomahawk to the Mission Hills city limit. But the section of land where the trail will next be extended is part of the Village Shops Community Improvement District owned by LANE4 Property Group. LANE4 will be responsible for building out the rest of the trail, a project likely to be undertaken when when other improvements begin at the shops as part of the CID agreement in the coming years.

As for the trail that has been installed already, it is still officially closed until a safety fence is completed along Brush Creek. The fence is primarily intended to protect cyclists from tumbling toward the creek should they crash along the trail. The trail was initially slated to be completed by Dec. 1, but there was a delay in getting the materials in for the safety fence. Crews started installing the fence posts earlier this week: