Cyclists, dog walkers, joggers and pedestrians celebrated the official completion of the Foss Creek trail extension on Oct. 30 with kids activities, free food from Lola’s Market and a run organized by the Healdsburg Running Company ending at the Healdsburg Community Center.
The project extends the pathway for another mile from the flood control detention basin at the skate park on Grove Street.
The extension, construction for which started last April, includes lighting and a prefabricated steel truss bridge where the path crosses Foss Creek.
At Dry Creek Road, a signalized pedestrian crossing allows cyclists and pedestrians to activate a signal to stop traffic in order to safely cross the road and continue on the trail.
In celebration of the trail extension, city staff erected a rainbow balloon arch and a red break-away ribbon that runners, walkers and cyclists could go through.
One young Healdsburg resident named Kaeden Anderson ran on the trail from city hall to the finish line at the community center with a carved pumpkin fitted over his head, after all, the event did come a day prior to Halloween.
The event also included remarks and words of thanks from a slew of local luminaries, including Healdsburg Mayor Evelyn Mitchell, Councilmember David Hagele, Cloverdale City Councilmember and Sonoma Marin Area Rail Transit Board Member Melanie Bagby and State Senator Mike McGuire (D-Healdsburg).