Project Background

This project restored the late 1800's, stone tunnel in Highland Park located on Reservoir Drive, adjacent to the Super Playground and Highland Park Reservoir.

Recently tunnel wingwalls and parapet walls were partially removed due to movement and leaning of the walls. The removed stones were cataloged and stockpiled nearby in the park and will be used to reconstruct the tunnel to the original configuration.

In addition to restoration of the tunnel, this project also reconstructed the roadway above the tunnel (Reservoir Drive). The roadway reconstruction includes a new sidewalk, pedestrian railing, and new catch basins to collect storm water runoff from Reservoir Drive.

Following the restoration of the tunnel, the Ginkgo Trail will be repaved and new storm water piping and drainage swales will be constructed to collect storm water runoff up slope of the tunnel. The existing bike lane and existing pedestrian walkway on Reservoir Drive will remain they currently are.

Project Complete

As of November 2023, this project has been completed! Leaders and members of the community gathered on Wednesday, November 15, 2023 for a ribbon cutting to celebrate the completion of this work and the reopening of the Highland Park Pedestrian Tunnel, and Reservoir Drive.

An image of local leaders cutting a ribbon with large scissors in front of the restored Highland Park Pedestrian Tunnel.

A ribbon cutting on Wednesday, November 15, 2023 to reopen the Highland Park Pedestrian Tunnel.

The Restored Pedestrian Tunnel

2022 Progress Photos