(Editor’s note: This is the next “park of the month” in a continuing series promoting and informing townspeople of specific parks in the Northfield system.)

Spring has arrived. At least we thought it did until this past week.

Once of the things The Northfield Park & Recreation Advisory Board is trying to move toward is making our community’s parks less seasonal.

One example of this is Sechler Park. It is much more than an athletic complex and certainly isn’t only about baseball and softball. This 105-acre park stretches along the Cannon River and has a segment of the Mill Towns Trail passing through it, expansive green space, woods and water. Many people use the park to play ball, but many individuals also walk their dogs, hike along the river, and now go mountain biking.

Our local mountain biking chapter called “Cannon River Offroad Cycling & Trails” (CROCT) has now developed a wonderful MTB trail network throughout the wooded portion of the park, ranging from beginner to expert level. The MTB trails can be accessed from Laurel Court behind Walgreens, entering the woods just to the right of the walking bridge. Folks can also enter behind the pavilion in the center of the park. We are currently working on signage that will be coming soon.

Sechler Park is a place for kids to enjoy, whether playing sports, in the playground area in the center, or hiking or biking on the asphalt trail or on the wooded trails. It is a park that is transforming with many more changes to come. I encourage anyone to visit this park and enjoy it’s ever-expanding opportunities. And as always, if you have a suggestion for the park, please forward it along to us at the Park Board.

To get to Sechler Park, turn off of Hwy. 19 between Kwik Trip and Walgreens, or there is a Southern access off of Armstrong Road near the entrance to the City of Northfield compost site.

Dale Gehring is Park & Recreation Advisory Board Chairman.

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