Join us at Elm Creek Park Reserve for biking, hiking, inline skating, swimming, picnic, etc. If you’re willing to make the trek all the way to the NW ‘burbs to this terrific park in Maple Grove, meet at the recreation area near the beach and we’ll start there. Meet at 9:00 a.m. for a road bike ride (40-50 miles, route TBD), or later for other activities (e.g., shorter bike rides, inline skating, hiking, volleyball, swimming, disc golf) . People willing to coordinate other activities would be appreciated*, otherwise just show up and decide amongst yourselves when you get there. |directions|
If you can’t make it during the day, join us later (~5pm), for a pot-luck BBQ. Bring something to grill and something to share. There are grills at the park, but feel free to bring charcoal and your own grill.
Elm Creek Park Reserve has 20 miles of paved trails that also connect to Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park via the Rush Creek Regional Trail (7 miles) or Fish Lake Regional Park on the Medicine Lake Regional Trail. These trails are all in excellent condition for biking and inline skating. There are also over 30 miles of turf hiking trails and 5 miles of mountain biking trails. Pets are allowed on designated trails only (5.4 miles). Don’t forget swimwear! There’s a man-made, chlorinated, and filtered swimming pond ($2 fee) with sand beach at the area we’ll be picnicking. Bring lunch/snacks, water, sunscreen, and maybe some bug dope if hiking.
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