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.