Plymouth, MN

The Northwest Greenway's open-air pavilion is nearing completion, with a ribbon cutting scheduled for September

Paula Carlsen

PLYMOUTH, MN - The all-new Northwest Greenway Pavilion is expected to open in late September. In 2022, the pavilion will be available for rent.

The newly constructed open-air pavilion, 5250 Peony Lane, is designed to host gatherings and meet various rental needs. It includes amenities such as an adaptable plaza, parking, a drinking fountain, restrooms, a servery with a sink, a green room for events, a serving counter, a refrigerator, and more.

"It's exciting to have a versatile community space at the trailhead to host special gatherings and events, such as picnics, meetings, and small weddings," said Recreation Manager Kari Hemp. "With beautiful scenery and nearby trails, the flexibility of the pavilion allows us to welcome visitors for a variety of occasions – including city events like the new Plymouth Public Safety 5K, which was held in August."

The pavilion, which is adjacent to the Challenge Course, which opened last summer, provides formal parking and access for people to use the Northwest Greenway's circling paths, as well as surrounding boardwalks that overlook Elm Creek wetlands. The facility offers quiet vistas in a covered outdoor environment and features a modern design, building on Plymouth's reputation for high-quality parks, diverse amenities, and winding trails that reach nature.

On Thursday, September 23. at 6 p.m., the City of Plymouth will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony to commemorate the completion of the Northwest Greenway Pavilion.

The Northwest Greenway is a 350-acre woodland nature preserve with a meandering bike and pedestrian routes that stretches from Lake Camelot on Plymouth's east side to the Northwest Greenway Pavilion and Challenge Course on the west side.

The Northwest Greenway was built due to a $9 million referendum approved by voters in 2006 to acquire land and protect open space. Since then, the city has worked to develop amenities and build trails for the Greenway while preserving natural habitat in northwest Plymouth.

Greenway pathways also connect to several neighborhood parks, including the Plymouth Dog Park and the Medicine Lake Regional Trail, which leads to regional parks such as Clifton E. French and Elm Creek Park Reserve.

Visit plymouthmn.gov/nwgreenway for more information and a map of the Northwest Greenway.

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