The Homestead Canal Trail Project is a 5.3 mile paved, multi-use trail that takes advantage of existing irrigation canal maintenance roads to provide a safe north-south pedestrian and bicycle trail. The Trail will also help to provide a needed alternative connector for Redmond's most popular neighborhoods to job centers, shopping areas, a regional transit hub, and medical treatment facilities. A portion of the trail will utilize an on-street bike boulevard network to take users through the downtown area providing access to a commercial core including shopping, family entertainment, parks, and open spaces. The Homestead Canal Trail will follow an active Central Oregon Irrigation District (COID) canal and pass through the historically significant homestead site of Frank and Josephine Redmond, providing for an enhanced experience for trail users.
Once completed, the Trail will feature amenities to include trash cans, benches, interpretive signage, and drinking fountains. The trail is predominantly flat to accommodate users of all ages and levels of physical ability.
Phase 1 of the trail consisted of a 0.6 mile section located on the northern end of Redmond which was completed Summer 2014. Phase 2, consisting of approximately 2.3 miles of paved, multi-use path is currently under construction, with portions opened in Fall 2018.
Project costs for the Trail have been funded from an Oregon Parks and Recreation Department Recreational Trails Program grant and Connect Oregon VI grant, with remaining costs coming from City funds.
For questions or more information about the Homestead Canal Trail, please contact Annie McVay at Annie.McVay@redmondoregon.gov or 541-504-2003.