This pedestrian bridge is located behind the Minnetonka Civic Center just
off of Hennepin County Highway 5, Minnetonka Boulevard, just west of
Interstate highway I-494. It is the first bridge over the Minnehaha Creek
when traveling southbound. The gorgeous laminated wood bridge majestically
arches over the creek, carrying hikers and bicycles between the trail systems
on each side of the Minnehaha.
Aerial photos indicate that the bridge was installed in 1983. It does not,
however, look to be nearly 30 years old. It is either in really good
condition, or it has recently been refurbished. In any event, this is a
fantastic looking bridge no matter what its actual age happens to be.
The photo above is looking west towards the downstream face of the Civic
Center Trail Bridge. Note the reflection in the water where the bridge
crosses the middle of the stream. There is a thin film of ice on the
water where the reflection ends.
The photo above is a view of the downstream east face of the bridge as
seen from the south shore of the Minnehaha Creek. The photo below is
looking south down the length of the bridge deck.
These two photos are views crossing the Civic Center Trail Bridge walking to
the north. The photo above is the south end of the bridge, while the photo
below is a view from mid-span.