Mel Anderson Memorial Path

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The Mel Anderson Memorial Path, named for a long-serving alderman of the Seventh Ward, stretches nearly 3 miles, connecting Lockwood Park, 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).



   October, 2016 by campbob

I walked this path from Searls Park to the NW Community Center. It seems to have all been repaved over the last year or two. Very smooth with what appeared to be a new bridge over the creek to NWCC. read more

Very nice path!

   July, 2013 by acdcjen

I am a very novice bike rider, but I loved this trail! I rode from one of the entrances at Searls Park to the the bridge just before Central/Owen Center Road. It was relatively flat and a nice ride for someone with my low level bike-riding skills. Saw more

Lockwood and Anna Page Park Trails

   April, 2012 by ilbob

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 more