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The City of Bloomington is preparing to launch a pilot project to convert Old State Road 37 North through Lower Cascades Park to a bicycle- and pedestrian-only trail. This project will begin Friday, March 13, 2020 with a proposed end date of Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020.

A .6-mile segment of Old SR 37 North will be closed to motor vehicle traffic during the six-month trial period. The road will be converted to a trail from the Rogers Group quarry entrance north to the Lower Cascades Park playground. Access to the parking lots at the Sycamore Shelter, at the intersection of Clubhouse Drive and Old SR 37 N, and at both the north and south ends of the playground will remain open.

During the pilot road conversion, the Waterfall Shelter will be accessible only by bicycle or on foot. The drive-through creek crossing just south of the Waterfall Shelter will also be inaccessible by motor vehicle.

One of seven public amenity improvements being funded by Bicentennial Bonds issued in 2018, the pilot trail project is intended to expand and integrate with Bloomington's network of walking and biking trails; provide a safe, accessible destination for recreation and exercise; and to offer bicycle commuters additional options for safer routes.

This pilot road conversion project will allow all park users the chance to see what converting the road into a trail through the park will be like, and to explore the impacts of such a change.

Bloomington's Board of Public Works will hear the request from the Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department to convert the road to a bicycle- and pedestrian-only trail on Tuesday, March 3, 2020 in the Council Chambers of City Hall at 401 N. Morton St. at 5:30 p.m. Anyone interested in speaking in favor of or in opposition to the pilot road conversion may do so at this meeting. If you would rather voice your opinion by phone, you may call (812) 349-3410 or email public.works@bloomington.in.gov. Written and verbal objections filed with the Board of Public Works prior to the hearing will be considered.

During the trial period of the road conversion project, park users are encouraged to visit the park and provide feedback about how the road conversion impacted their visits. Links to the online survey will be available here following the proposed March 13 road conversion.