After entire seasons of missed visits to Seven Mile Creek Park, users of this popular recreation spot seem happy to know it is open for business again.

The park was closed through the spring, summer and good portion of fall while crews worked on raising Highway 169, blocking access to the park’s 10 miles of trails and play areas. It reopened again Wednesday afternoon.

Folks stole away Thursday to ride horses, play with their dogs and take photos of the changing autumn leaves, enjoying the outdoor space they had been denied.

A pair of horse riders make their way up a trail in Seven Mile Creek Park. The park has been closed for months while work was done on Highway 169. Photo by Pat Christman.

Photographer Martin Olson said he was out enjoying the leaves and fall colors.

“I’ve got other places I take pictures,” Olson said. “But it’s nice to be able to come here again.”

The park is so popular that the Nicollet County Sheriff’s Office warned people during the summer that it was not OK to access the park via back ways while Highway 169 was under construction. Trespassers apparently were sneaking in.

Several people pulled into the park to walk the trails in the sunshine. St. Peter area resident Sue Compart came to the park to do some training with her dog.

“He’s my service dog, but I’ve done some training with tracking,” Compart said. “He loves the park and he loves playing in water and he doesn’t know that we are coming out here.”

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Caption: A pair of horse riders make their way up a trail in Seven Mile Creek Park. The park has been closed for months while work was done on Highway 169. Photo by Pat Christman.