The Greenway is now — mostly — open for business.
Kim Greendahl, the Greenway specialist for the city Grand Forks, said on Monday most of the Greenway has been cleared of debris and is now ready for pedestrian use. She said clean-up costs for the city are “at the $55,000 range.” Greendahl noted the cost is higher than recent years because it’s “been so long since we’ve had to deal with this.”
She also said some trails and areas closer to the river are either still flooded or closed due to large amounts of mud.
“If you see mud, stay off,” she said. “It isn’t the same as regular mud. It’s really, really slippery and it doesn’t take much to slip on this stuff.”
The Red crested this year on April 12 at 46.87 feet. During the crest -- and in the days prior and after the crest -- the Greenway was in some places completely flooded.
It could have been worse. Greendahl credits the slow winter thaw to the low amount of damage to the Greenway. She said when there’s no ice on the river, “we don’t get that damage like we see when the thaw is really fast.”
While the Greenway is mostly cleared for use, surrounding amenities are taking longer to get up and running.
Greendahl said the last report she saw concerning the Lincoln Golf Course showed the area was cleared and ready for play — minus one hole. She also said her department continues to work on clearing the Lincoln Dog Park, which is still closed. She said the process has taken longer than anticipated, but that she appreciates the public’s patience.
“We know that they love the dog park, but we want to make sure that it’s not muddy because if its muddy now it will stay muddy all summer,” Greendahl said.
Greendahl urges the public to heed all posted warnings on the Greenway and in surrounding areas. She asks all citizens to stay out when they see a barricade, noting there’s a reason for the barrier being constructed — even if you can’t see the reason right away.
“You might not be able to see the reason for the barricade right up front,” she said. “It might be a little bit farther down, but we put up barricades for a reason and we hope people will respect that.”