Park Projects

Please contact us with questions or comments regarding any of the following projects:

Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park

Rehabilitation Project
Visitors to Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park will notice changes beginning this week, as work gets underway on the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Coon Rapids Dam Rehabilitation Project. Three Rivers Park District, as owner of the dam, is supporting the state’s goals for the rehabilitation of the dam by cooperating with the DNR as it undertakes the project that will allow the dam to play an important role in combating the threat of invasive fish species on the Mississippi River as well as making much-needed improvements to extend the life of the dam.

Phase 1 of the project is substantially complete. Five new spillway gates and the new stilling basin are in operation. Phase 2 construction is anticipated to begin in April or May, but river flows will dictate when construction can begin. Phase 2 construction will include a temporary cofferdam on the Hennepin County side of the river, installation of four new spillway gates, and refurbishment of the existing control gate. Construction is anticipated to be complete by the fall of this year.

The spillway gate system will maintain the pool level at ~830.1 feet, but fluctuations may occur due to calibration of the new gates, high spring flows, and construction operations.

The walkway across the main part of the dam will remain closed until project completion. The walkway between the Anoka County side of the dam and Dunn Island will be closed for two weeks this spring for replacement of the lights. The West Coon Rapids Dam Visitor Center will remain open during its normal seasonal schedule.

Three Rivers Park District welcomes visitors to Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park during the construction period, but asks that people follow all signs regarding trail and facility closures. Three Rivers appreciates visitors’ patience during this two-year project. Updated project information is available from the DNR at

Elm Creek Park Reserve

Dog Off-Leash Area Project
Preparatory work is underway at the dog off-leash area at Elm Creek Park Reserve for an improvement project that will result in:
A separate small and frail dog area; A well with a drinking fountain; Improved entry gates and access that is compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act; and Expanded parking.

Although some of these improvements will not be completed until 2014, tree removal and other site work for the entire project are in progress. At this time, it is anticipated that the dog off-leash area will remain open during construction.

Trail Projects 

Baker Park Trail Maintenance
Trails within Baker Park Reserve are scheduled to undergo routine maintenance from June 2-12. Download a map of the project for more information.

Dakota Rail Regional Trail Resurfacing
A microsurfacing project on the Dakota Rail Regional Trail will take place in July and August. The project will repair surface deformations and improve the serviceability and ride quality of the Regional Trail. The Regional Trail is divided into four phases to stagger construction activities. Each phase will require approximately 10 days to complete, weather permitting. 

Phase 1: from St. Bonifacius to County Road 110
Phase 2: from County Road 110 to County Road 51
Phase 3: from the Arcola Rail Bridge to Wayzata
Phase 4: from County Road 51 to the Arcola Rail Bridge in Minnetonka Beach

The trail will be closed during construction activities. Signage providing closure dates for each phase will be placed along each trail section approximately one week in advance. Please follow all construction signage during construction.
Intercity Regional Trail

The Intercity Regional Trail will measure approximately 5.14 miles from Lake Nokomis Parkway in Minneapolis to East 86th Street in Bloomington as approved in the Master Plan (7MB). Currently, metropolitan area residents traveling to and through the southern first-tier suburbs have limited access to off-road regional trails that support bicycle and pedestrian mobility and connect with existing and planned transit facilities between Minneapolis and Bloomington. The Intercity Regional Trail route will expand multi-modal transportation and recreational access to vital employment, retail and recreational sites in the metropolitan region – providing safety, economic development, mobility, and environmental benefits. View a map of the trail route.
The trail design is expected to be complete during the spring of 2014. Construction is anticipated to begin during the fall of 2014 and continue through 2015.

Lake Minnetonka LRT Trail Bridge

A new Trail Bridge will be under construction at the Lake Minnetonka LRT Regional Trail over County Road 19 between the Cities of Tonka Bay and Shorewood. The project will result in a safe trail crossing at County Road 19 and local trail connections to both cities. Construction is anticipated to begin by July 2014, and be completed by the end of June 30, 2015. 

The trail will be opened during construction with a detour through Manitou Park on the west side and a local trail connection on the vacated Bay Street on the east side. The detour will be signed, and a map of the detour will be provided on this page at a later date.

Luce Line Regional Trail

Three Rivers Park District, in coordination with the City and County, is in the process of constructing a safe bridge crossing over Xenium Lane N. (CSAH 61) improving the safety of the trail users on the Luce Line Regional Trail. Currently, the Luce Line Regional Trail has an at-grade crossing at the intersection of 13th Ave N. and Xenium Lane N. (CSAH 61). CSAH 61 is a very heavily traveled commuter street at peak times of the day. 

Construction work on the bridge began in the fall of 2013. A Detour route has been designated using the City of Plymouth local trail as a safe alternative route. The bridge is expected to be completed by June 2014; however, this date maybe pushed back due to early cold weather and record snows this past winter. Detour signs will be in placed at both ends of the detour and the closure will be posted on this website. The project will result in a safe bridge crossing of CSAH 61 for Luce Line Regional Trail users. View a map of the detour route.

Nine Mile Creek Regional Trail

When complete, the 15-mile Nine Mile Creek Regional Trail will span the cities of Hopkins, Minnetonka, Edina, Richfield, and Bloomington and connect to the Lake Minnetonka LRT, Minnesota River Bluffs LRT, Cedar Lake LRT, North Cedar Lake, and Intercity Regional Trails as well as the planned Minnesota River State Trail, Dakota County Big Rivers Regional Trail, Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge Bloomington Visitor Center, and Fort Snelling State Park.

View more information on the Master Plan, the implementation plan, and general updates to the Nine Mile Creek Regional Trail project.

Rush Creek Regional Trail

The City of Maple Grove is improving the intersection of 101st Avenue N and Zachery Lane, using a roundabout style of intersection. Currently, the Rush Creek Regional Trail crosses a few hundred feet to the north of the existing intersection at a mid-block location with poor sight lines. Three Rivers has worked with the city to incorporate a safe road crossing for the trail as part of the new intersection.

Work is taking place now through the project completion in August. For most of that time, the trail will be open for use. However, it will be necessary to close that portion for the regional trail for approximately five weekdays. Detour alternatives were explored, but it was determined that no safe alternative route could be provided. Prior to the expected trail closure, signs will be placed at key points along the trail warning of the upcoming closure dates, and the closure will be posted on this website. The project will result in a safe crossing of Zachery Lane for regional trail users at no cost to Three Rivers. View a map of the trail closure location.

Contractor Project Bidding

Contractors interested in bidding on construction projects are encouraged to visit QuestCDN.comto view project listings.