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Posted on: August 14, 2020

[ARCHIVED] He Mni Can – Barn Bluff Regional Park South Trail Temporary Closure

Picture of the entrance sign to Barn Bluff

Contact Steve Kohn
City of Red Wing

The South Trail at He Mni Can – Barn Bluff Regional Park will be temporarily closed to visitors from Monday, August 17, 2020 through Friday, August 28, 2020 for the restoration of the Central Kiwanis Stairway. 

The closure of the South Trail is necessary to complete the restoration of the Central Kiwanis Stairway and to allow construction vehicles and equipment access to the site via the South Trail.  Access to the summit of He Mni Can – Barn Bluff will only be possible by utilizing the North Trail.  Please note that the North Trail has been classified as a “Difficult” trail and is not recommended for young children or visitors with physical limitations.  Due to the sensitive ecosystem at He Mni Can – Barn Bluff, the City of Red Wing requests that visitors stay on designated trails.

A temporary detour is currently in place through Monday, August 17, 2020 that allows visitor access to the Quarry Trail and North Trail from E. 5th Street; this detour is in place due to the restoration of the East Kiwanis Stairway.  On Tuesday, August 18, 2020, the East Kiwanis Stairway will reopen and will provide access to the Quarry Trail and North Trail.   

Visitors are asked to avoid the work area and to obey all on-site notices and barriers for personal safety, the safety of workers, and to protect the restoration work.    

This project is a component of the Phase 1 He Mni Can – Barn Bluff Regional Park improvements.  This project involves the creation of a new entrance plaza, parking lot, and pedestrian safety improvements adjacent to E. 5th Street and includes the restoration and improvement of the park’s trail system.  Funding for these improvements has been made possible by a Greater Minnesota Regional Parks and Trails Commission Legacy Grant, the Evelyn Sweasy Charitable Trust Fund, the City of Red Wing, and the Prairie Island Nuclear Generating Plant.

Thank you for your patience during the improvements. 

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