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Project Update - April 27, 2022

Final road resurfacing of Headley Road may occur as early as May 2, but Headley Road will not re-open to two-way traffic until the guardrail is complete. Vehicle travel on Headley Road continues to be restricted to one-way going north until the project reopens the road.

Project Update - 12/30/2021

Griffy Lake Nature Preserve remains open for hiking and recreation. Work along the Headley Road causeway is underway, and traffic is restricted to a one-way north flow for the duration of the project. Temporary delays may be encountered when driving along the causeway due to construction traffic. When leaving the Nature Preserve parking lot, vehicle traffic must head north to Bethel Lane before returning to Bloomington. Please use caution in the area.


Project Description

The Griffy Lake Loop Trail & Accessible Fishing Pier project will create a quarter mile multi-use path on the west side of Headley Rd to connect the northern and southern trails around Griffy Lake, and will create an accessible fishing pier directly west of the existing Griffy Lake Nature Preserve parking lot. Pedestrian safety will be improved by allowing pedestrians to access the trails along the western portion of the lake by walking along a separated path, rather than along the road as is currently necessary. Additionally, a raised crosswalk will be installed from the parking area to the accessible fishing pier, which will have steps and a ramp down to a “bumpout” into the lake for fishing. A set of stairs will be built from the southern end of the Headley Road causeway to the southwest. From there, a short section of new trail will connect to the existing trail network at the top of the hill.

This project will not complete the entire planned Griffy Loop Trail improvements. Future improvements are still planned along the north and south shore trails to mitigate or reroute eroded sections of trail and improve trail crossings of drainages into Griffy Lake. A formal dam crossing is also planned with a new set of stairs to provide access to parking on the west side of the dam.

Griffy Loop Trail and Fishing Pier project map
Griffy Lake Loop Trail and Accessible Fishing Pier project map.


Contract and Funding

A $1,839,235 contract was awarded to E&B Paving for the construction of this project. This project is funded by a mix of Parks General Obligation Bonds and City of Bloomington Bicentennial Bonds.

Project Timeline

  • Summer 2022: Scheduled completion and opening of the new section of trail
  • November 2021: Work begins on causeway
  • September 2021: Contract for construction awarded to E & B Paving
  • Early 2021: Final construction plans finalized & permits acquired
Schematic drawing of the Griffy Lake accessible fishing pier
Artist rendering of the Griffy Lake Accessible Fishing Pier

Trail maps, trail user survey, and details from the April 2018 public meeting.

April 11, 2018

A focus of this year’s bicentennial is “Trees and Trails”, and this theme has sparked interest in the development of a loop trail around Griffy Lake.

Members of the public have approached the Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department, which manages the Griffy Lake Nature Preserve, Griffy Lake itself, and the surrounding natural areas and recreational facilities, with interest in developing longer loop trails at the park.

Users often inquire about the possibility of hiking all the way around the lake. There are existing trails on the north shore of the lake and a plan has been developed for a boardwalk on the west side of the causeway. The boardwalk will connect the parking lot to the North Shore Trail, making trail access safer for users.

While there are trails around much of the lake, there are missing links. A loop trail would need to connect the north shore to the south shore on the dam side of the lake. The existing trail includes a staircase down from the north shore to the Dunn Street parking area. The creek crossing here is sometimes flooded and on the south end of the dam, the fence runs close to the road. This narrow passage is also steep and will present challenges in the trail design.

Once on the south shore, the existing trail sections can be connected. Some areas where trail links are missing will be difficult to connect due to terrain. There are some steep slopes and ravines that will need to be addressed, possibly with bridges or other structures. To the east, it may be possible to connect with Indiana University Research and Teaching Preserve trails to create a loop that crosses Headley Road and goes east around the wetland area.

It is not yet decided if the proposed loop trail route should continue around the wetland or if it should run along the causeway. Bloomington Parks and Recreation is interested in feedback on the idea of the trail, opinions on where the trail should go, thoughts on balance between disturbance and accessibility, and perceived effects of trail structures on the natural character of the property.