Plan in the works to keep Pierz in Soo Line Trail loop

By Terry Lehrke, News Editor

A plan to connect the city of Pierz to the Soo Line Trail in Genola is current being developed. Pictured above is a graphic with the red line depicting the proposed trail in Pierz.

A plan to connect the city of Pierz to the Soo Line Trail in Genola is current being developed. Pictured above is a graphic with the red line depicting the proposed trail in Pierz.

A plan to include the city of Pierz in the Soo Line Trail loop is in the works. A portion of the Soo Line Trail runs through Genola, just a mile south of Pierz.

The idea is to draw travelers into the city and to provide a trail that is safe for both residents and travelers.

Scott Hedlund of Short Elliott Hendrickson, the city’s engineer, displayed a tentative plan.

Hedlund said it had not yet been determined whether the trail would be strictly a walking and biking path, or would allow for ATVs and snowmobiles. But a plan was necessary so that when grant funding for trails became available, the city could show that it had been working on a trail plan, not simply putting one in place to get funds.

The plan showed a trail connecting with the Soo Line Trail on County Road 239, and continuing past the Pierz Golf Course before cutting over near the campgrounds at Pierz Park.

From there the path heads east for a short distance before heading north, on land that has not yet been developed, to County Road 39.

The trail on County Road 39 heads west to Centennial Drive before turning south and continuing until it reconnects with the Soo Line in Genola.

The loop around the city will make restaurants, gas stations and rest stops in Pierz accessible to travelers.

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