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.
Hyland Cross-Country Ski Trail with Snowmaking and Lights
The development of snowmaking capability for five kilometers of lighted cross-country ski trails will allow Three Rivers Park District to offer a longer, more stable Nordic ski season at Hyland Lake Park Reserve. As proposed, the trail will be a 5-kilometer loop utilizing existing trails and service roads within the park to minimize impacts on the park’s natural resources. It is designed to provide rolling terrain with varying levels of difficulty for a wide range of skiers. The lighting system will consist of low wattage, light-emitting diode (LED) light fixtures that have significantly lower lumen levels than typical “shoebox” type fixtures. These fixtures allow light to be aimed more precisely and efficiently, while consuming far less energy than typical light fixtures. The Hyland Visitor Center will continue to provide trailhead facilities including restrooms, concessions and ski equipment rentals.
As planned, the trail could be open during the 2013-2014 ski season. See a map of the planned 5K trail.
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.
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 Draft Master Plan and the anticipated implementation plan.
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.