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.

The City of Minnetrista conducted an independent study of the regional trail corridor through their community in 2011/2012, with several public input opportunities for Minnetrista residents. See a full summary of their findings. Three Rivers Park District intends to blend the city of Minnetrista’s findings into the proposed regional trail master plan.

Proposed Regional Trail - Carver to Baker Park Reserves: Overview
Lake Minnetonka LRT to Lake Independence Regional Trail - Independence to Maple Plain Alternative Routes

Open House - October 29, 2013
Three Rivers Park District, along with the cities of Independence and Maple Plain, held an open house for the public to learn more about the future regional trail in western Hennepin County. Several options for potential trail routes exist in Maple Plain and Independence, and public comment is being solicited to recommend a preferred route.

View the Open House Boards (PDF): OverviewConceptAlignments (page 1) | Alignments (page 2)

Joint Workshop – February 25, 2014
6:30–7:30 PM
Independence City Hall, 1920 County Road 90
Three Rivers Park District staff will attend a joint city council workshop of the Cities of Independence and Maple Plain to help identify a preferred regional trail alignment between the jurisdictions.

View the Meeting Agenda and Presentation

Public Comment
Public input regarding a preferred route alignment was taken from October 29 - December 31, 2013. Further public participation can occur through City meeting presentations and a master plan draft comment period that will be advertised in various outlets including the Park District’s website. Please check back for further details as they become available.

View the public comments summary.  
Electronic Comments
Click to open and submit an electronic comment card (PDF): Comment Card
To send all other comments via e-mail contact

Mail Comments
Three Rivers Park District Administrative Center
Re: Proposed Regional Trail – Carver to Baker Park Reserves
3000 Xenium Lane North
Plymouth, MN 55441

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