Park Projects

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

Cleary Lake Regional Park

Construction Project
Construction is underway for site improvements at the Visitor Center and golf practice facilities. Work will include a new driving range, practice green, sidewalks and retaining walls around the Visitor Center building, as well as several storm water improvement features around the parking lots. Access to the Visitor Center will remain open during the construction. The driving range and practice green area will be closed throughout the fall of 2014.

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 coonrapidsdam.net.

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.

French Regional Park

Boat Ramp Construction 
Construction is underway for boat ramp improvements at French Regional Park. Work will include dredging of material at the end of the ramp to increase the water depth and the replacement of the existing boat ramp. The boat ramp will be closed starting September 8, 2014 and is expected to reopen in mid-November. The City of Plymouth boat ramp at 1920 West Medicine Lake Park will be open from 8 AM to 4 PM on the following dates:

September 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28
October 4, 5, 11, 12

Water Main Construction
Construction for the water main improvements at French Regional Park will begin on September 15, 2014. The project includes replacement of the water main piping, fire hydrants, and sanitary sewer repairs. The Park roads and trails will remain open during construction. Temporary road and trail closures will be required near the Visitor Center, however, vehicle access to the Visitor Center Parking Lot will be available throughout construction.

Trail Projects 

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 Regional Trail

Trail Detour
Beginning in early August, the Lake Minnetonka LRT Regional Trail will have a minor detour near its intersection with Morse Avenue in downtown Excelsior. The Metropolitan Council is undergoing a sanitary sewer rehabilitation project in downtown Excelsior and their work near the trail crossing will temporarily impact the trail. An 8-foot wide aggregate trail will be constructed to route trail users around the work zone at this intersection. The aggregate trail will have orange construction fence on both sides and will have signage to help trail users navigate the detour. The construction work, including road and trail restoration, is expected to be complete by mid-October. 

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.

Contractor Project Bidding

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