Annapolitans will be able to bike, skate or walk to classes, cultural events and after-school activities when a 1.5-mile paved trail opens tomorrow, connecting several schools, recreation centers and Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts.
The $368,000 Spa Creek Trail -- built with funds from the state Department of Transportation and the city of Annapolis -- links with existing pathways and will create a direct route from the Parole-West Street area to Eastport.
Annapolis officials are promoting the trail and other city walking paths as an alternative to driving or taking a bus.
"It does link virtually all the recreational facilities in the city," said Thomas W. Roskelly, Annapolis spokesman. "I think a lot of kids and families are going to use it for getting around town."
The new trail begins behind the old Bates High School on Smithville Street that city officials are renovating to become a center for seniors and community activities. It wends behind several fields, tracks and courts and Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts before crossing Spa Creek.
The trail ends at Truxton Park, where the city's largest recreational complex featuring a swimming pool, basketball and tennis courts and a public boat ramp, is located.
The new connector will be part of a newly designated Colonial Annapolis Maritime Heritage Trail that snakes through the city, linking to the B&A; Trail near the Naval Academy Bridge.