Current Initiatives

Please contact us with questions or comments regarding any of the following initiatives.

Carver to Baker Park Reserves – Proposed Regional Trail Master Plan

The Park District is working on the development of a proposed regional trail master plan that will link Carver to Baker Park Reserves. The regional trail will measure approximately 17 miles from Carver Park Reserve in Carver County through the cities of Minnetrista, Independence and Maple Plain – terminating at Baker Park Reserve in Hennepin County. The trail alignment will connect to the Minnesota River Bluffs LRT, Dakota Rail and Lake Independence Regional Trails, the Luce Line State Trail, Kingswood Special Recreation Feature, and Gale Woods Farm - linking people with regional parks and other local and regional destinations.

View more information on the Proposed Master Plan.

Kingswood Special Recreation Feature Master Plan

The Kingswood Acquisition Master Plan establishes the proposed park’s boundary and describes the overarching intent of the park. Acquisition of the property is intended to provide recreational and educational access to Little Long Lake, one of the most pristine water bodies in Hennepin County; enhance the level of protection and management of Little Long Lake and the surrounding lands; secure property for a future high-quality destination regional trail linking the Luce Line State Trail, Gale Woods Farm, Dakota Rail Regional Trail, Lake Minnetonka Regional Park, Carver Park Reserve and the Lake Minnetonka LRT Regional Trail; and meet the growing demand for nature-based service-learning programs. The Kingswood draft acquisition master plan was approved in January of 2013 for public and political review and approval.

New Regional Trail Search Corridor

Lake Minnetonka LRT Regional Trail to Luce Line State Trail
Three Rivers Park District is collaborating with the City of Minnetrista and other stakeholders on the identification of a new regional trail corridor connecting Lake Minnetonka LRT Regional Trail, Carver Park Reserve, Lake Minnetonka Regional Park, Dakota Rail Regional Trail, Gale Woods Farm, and the Luce Line State Trail. From the Lake Minnetonka LRT Regional Trail to Lake Minnetonka Regional Park, the regional trail will utilize existing and new paved trails through Carver Park Reserve, a new underpass at TH 7, and a new paved trail through the future Woodland Cove development.

The City of Minnetrista approved a preliminary route, which will be further developed as part of the master planning process.

Rush Creek Regional Trail: Acquisition Plan

The Rush Creek Regional Trail Master Plan was approved in May 2008. The master plan calls for extending the regional trail west from Elm Creek Park Reserve to Crow-Hassan Park Reserve and includes provisions for acquiring adjacent land with high natural resource value. View the Rush Creek Regional Trail corridor map between Elm Creek and Crow-Hassan Park Reserves.

The Park District is working on the development of an acquisition plan which will identify preliminary boundaries of the regional trail corridor, estimated acquisition costs, and funding strategies and opportunities. Property owners along the trail corridor interested in learning more about the regional trail and/or selling their property may contact Margie Dahlof, Associate Superintendent, at 763.559.6746.

Bassett Creek Regional Trail Project

The Bassett Creek Regional Trail Project was approved in February 2015. When completed, the Bassett Creek Regional Trail will measure approximately seven miles from French Regional Park, through the Cities of Plymouth, New Hope, Crystal, and Golden Valley to the Minneapolis Grand Rounds at Theodore Wirth Regional Park.