The Greater Grand Forks Greenway is a huge greenway bordering the Red River and Red Lake River in the twin cities of Grand Forks, North Dakota and East Grand Forks, Minnesota (commonly called Greater Grand Forks). At 2,200 acres (9 km²), the Greenway is more than twice the size of New York City's Central Park. One of the most prominent features of the Greenway is the extensive, 20-mile (32 km) system of bike paths which are used by bikers, walkers, joggers, and rollerbladers.
In 2007, the system was designated as a National Recreation Trail by the National Park Service. There are several city parks and golf courses along the Greenway. Other amenities include wildlife observation areas, a campground, fishing areas, interpretive displays, wildflower gardens, and fields for various athletics including softball, basketball, and disc golf.
Today, the Greenway serves the dual purpose of holding back river waters during floods and providing recreational opportunities for metropolitan area residents throughout the year.
A series of "trail heads" exist at various points along the Greenway.These trail heads offer breaks in the dikes or floodwalls so that pedestrians can access the Greenway. Most of these trail heads offer paved parking lots and many also offer public restroom facilities. Other amenities at select trail heads include picnic areas and playgrounds.
Grand Forks trail heads:
- Riverside Rapids.
- Riverside Park.
- 8th Avenue North.
- 2nd Avenue North.
- Community Green (Downtown Grand Forks, adjacent to Town Square).
- Kannowski Park (formerly Central Park).
- Lincoln Drive Park.
- Lincoln Golf Course.
- Sunbeam Park.
- 47th Avenue South.
East Grand Forks trail heads:
- River Heights.
- Sherlock Park.
- Sherlock Park Campground.
- Rotary Park (Downtown East Grand Forks).
- Griggs Park.
- Eagle Point.
There are several designated park spaces in the Grand Forks portion of the Greenway. These parks are maintained by the Grand Forks Park District.At the far north side of the Greenway sits Riverside Park. This is one of the oldest parks in the city of Grand Forks and is a focal point for the northern portion of the Greenway. The park featues a playground, restrooms, several picnic sites and an outdoor pool. North of Riverside Park sits the Riverside Dam.
Lincoln Golf Course sits along Belmont Road in the Greenway. The course, established in 1909, is the oldest golf courses in North Dakota.Lincoln has many large, established trees. Formerly an 18-hole course, the construction of the dike system led to the redevelopment of Lincoln as a par 35, 9-hole course. A small clubhouse features a snack bar, pro shop, and restrooms. Just east of Lincoln Golf Course sits the Pat Owens pedestrian bridge. This bridge, named after the former mayor of Grand Forks who was mayor during the 1997 flood, connects to East Grand Forks, Minnesota.