River Life, a multi-collegiate University project that includes the Department of Landscape Architecture and the Metropolitan Design Center, announces the grand opening of the Mississippi River Trail on June 6, 2009 at Cestnut Plaza (Shepard Road at Eagle Parkway) in Saint Paul. Chris Coleman, mayor of Saint Paul, will host the event with a ribbon cutting celebration. After the ribbon cutting, a Bike to a Ranger bike ride will be held, following a nine mile loop from downtown Saint Paul, across the 35E bridge, through Lilydale Regional Park, and back to the starting point. National Park Service rangers will be stationed along the route to answer questions and talk about the natural and cultural history of the area.
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