The Mel Anderson Memorial Path, named for a long-serving alderman of the Seventh Ward, stretches nearly 3 miles, connecting Searls Park, Bressler Park and Talcott-Page Park. Mid-way, the trail offers access to the Northwest Community Center and approaches Kent Creek, which it follows for the rest of its journey. The route is lined with trees, though the southern-most section (east of Central Avenue) travels through a commercial and industrial area. Benches along the pathway, as well as picnic tables and benches in the parks, provide ample opportunities to rest and enjoy the scenery.
Parking and Trail Access
Parking is available at the trail's northern end in Searls Park (4950 Safford Road) and at its southern end in Talcott-Page Park (1010 Arthur Avenue). Both parks also offer drinking water and toilet facilities during the warmer months. Mid-trail, you'll find parking at the Northwest Community Center (1325 N. Johnston Avenue).
Lockwood and Anna Page Park Trails
The NW terminus of the Mel Anderson path is in Searls Park. Across the street to the NW is Lockwood park. Adjacent to Lockwood Park continuing NW is Anna Page Park. According to the Rockford Park District website there are 15 miles of trails in Lockwood ...
Wilma and I walked this path once from Searls Park to Page-Talcot Park and back. It is a nice, and mostly well maintained blacktop path. A few places where it could use some work, but nothing real bad.
Pics and video at http://ilbob.blogspot.com/2011/12/mel-anderson-path-12-27-11.html.