Fridley Celebrates National Trails Day on the Mighty Mississippi: June 6

Join us for activities along the great Mississippi River Trail on Saturday, June 6. Fridley landmarks include Islands of Peace Park, Manomin County Park, along with Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts, Riedel Farm Estate and Riverfront Regional Park. Discover what is special about each and ride your bike or hike, and take part in the fun. The Fridley City Band will play music inspired by rivers and waterways at Islands of Peace Park. Events start at 10 a.m. and continue throughout the afternoon.

Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts

10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – Kid’s Mississippi River art activities. Adults can paint, too, with river-themed painting (check Banfill-Locke for times and details). Don’t want to paint? Tour current exhibitions, and meet the great staff. Banfill-Locke is located at 6666 East River Road in Fridley. Around 12:30 p.m. head to Islands of Peace Park, just south down East River Road for the concert and more fun!

Activities at Islands of Peace Park

  • National Trails Day Proclamation with Mayor Scott Lund at 1:00 p.m.
  • Fridley Community Band plays tunes inspired by rivers and water at Islands of Peace Park following the Mayor’s address. If rain seems assured, the Mayor and the Fridley City Band will move inside to the Fridley Community Center (61st & 7th in Fridley).
  • Learn about future plans for expanding areas of Islands of Peace Park, its history & special significance of this area.
  • Enjoy free popcorn and entertainment; learn things you can do to protect River
  • Woodsy Owl litter pickup bags are available for those who want to give the trails a hand
  • Kids can play with an interactive water science display

Annual Fridley Community Bike or Hike

  • Bike ride launches from Islands of Peace Park and tours the famous 10-state Mississippi River Trail south past Riedel Farm and Riverfront Regional Park in Fridley and maybe beyond depending on the group’s inclination. Family-friendly! Starts at 2:15, right after the band concert.
  • Hike down to the River’s edge or along the trails; enjoy bird watching and the natural beauty around you. Naturalists from Springbrook Nature Center will on-hand to provide interesting insights into the flora and fauna in the area.

Geo-caching in Fridley Parks

Outdoor treasure hunting—go at your own pace. Many geo-caches are located along East River Road in Fridley parks. Find out more with handouts to get started available at the information table at Islands of Peace Park in Fridley and on the City website. You need a smartphone (GPS-enabled)!

For more information on the Saturday, June 6, National Trails Day and Mississippi River celebration in Fridley keep checking the city website at Nationwide hundreds of activities are planned as part ofNational Trails Day, including hikes, educational programs, bike rides, trail rehabilitation and cleanup projects, paddle trips, and trail dedications. Our local trails are easily accessible places to get exercise and connect with nature; to hike, bike, play and learn in the great outdoors. National Trails Day is supported by the City of Fridley, National Park Service and other partners. All ages are welcome!

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