Help Shape the Future of Dakota County's Greenway System

Dakota County residents can review and comment on two greenway plans at two meetings hosted by county officials in January.

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Editor's Note: The following is a press release from Dakota County.

You can help shape the future of two greenway corridors in Dakota County—the Lake Marion-South Creek Greenway and the Mendota–Lebanon Hills Greenway—by attending an open house to review and comment on the plans. The open houses are part of the year-long master planning process for the two greenways.  

The open houses are scheduled Tuesday, Jan. 15 from 6–8 p.m. at the Lebanon Hills Regional Park Visitor Center, 860 Cliff Road, Eagan and Thursday, Jan. 24 from 6–8 p.m. at the Lakeville Water Treatment Facility, 18400 Ipava Ave., Lakeville. Review and provide feedback to the planning team on alignment alternatives, design character, trailheads, habitat restoration, interpretive themes and more. The information for both greenway corridors will be presented at each open house.  

The Lake Marion-South Creek Greenway travels 18 miles from the Minnesota River in Burnsville to Lake Marion in Lakeville and on to Rambling River Park in Farmington. The Mendota-Lebanon Hills Greenway travels 11 miles from the Village at Mendota Heights through the communities of Mendota Heights, Inver Grove Heights and Eagan to Lebanon Hills Regional Park.  

Dakota County is leading a national movement to transform simple trails into multi-functional corridors that provide recreation, non-motorized transportation, habitat value and water quality improvement. The two greenways are part of the planned 200 mile county-wide greenway network. Transforming trails into multi-functional greenways will demand innovative approaches to issues including road and rail crossings and working with private property owners.  

“The county has made a lot of progress in both greenway construction and planning for new greenway corridors over the last 5 years. Resident input during the planning process helps us ensure that greenways, when constructed, are assets to the communities in Dakota County,” said John Mertens, project manager for Dakota County. For more information, visit the project website at www.hkgi.com/projects/dakota.

Bill Klein January 15, 2013 at 04:23 PM
Greenways take away tax base from cities, the county, and school districts. Rules prohibit utilities from passing though thus you have to go around them unless they are already there. Same with roads. This adds great expense. The county purchases the rights to the use the land with our money. They will tell you that they are using deeds money which is in fact our money, and they use federal money also which again is our money. In these tight financial times is this the best use of our money so that the county can claim that we are one of the greenest counties in the county? Who then pays for the upkeep and maintainance of the trails and areas along the trails? Trails need to be rebuilt every so often 10-15 years, which is more money in the future out of the budget. In a time when roads need upgrading and maintainance is this really a good idea? In a time when education cost are growing cities are strapped for real budget needs, is this a good idea to take large parcels of land that have huge potential to build tax base out of the mix forever?


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