Humboldt County Supervisor Mike Wilson (hat and shades) cruises the trail in style. Photos by Ted Halstead.

After year’s of planning and months of laying concrete and lowering footbridges into place, Arcata has completed its portion of the Humboldt Bay Trail.

The three-mile stretch was opened to the public this morning during an official ribbon-cutting ceremony performed by Arcata Mayor Susan Ornelas.

The trail, funded by the Caltrans Active Transportation Program, is the latest addition to the proposed 13-mile long non-motorized multi-use pathway that could one day encompass the bay.

The ribbon-cutting ceremony was followed up by a swarm of community members christening the trail by walking, biking and jogging along it for the first time.

Mayor Susan Ornelas cuts the ribbon.

Photos by Arcata City Councilmember Sofia Pereira.