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Baker to Carver Park Reserves

Proposed Regional Trail Master Plan

The Park District is developing a proposed regional trail master plan that will link Baker and Carver Park Reserves. When completed, the trail will measure approximately 17 miles from the Lake Independence Regional Trail in Baker Park Reserve to the Lake Minnetonka LRT Regional Trail in Carver Park Reserve. The regional trail will connect the Hennepin County communities of Medina, Maple Plain, Independence and Minnetrista and the Carver County communities of Laketown Township and Victoria. Users will have the ability to effectively traverse the entire north/south length of western Hennepin County.

The proposed regional trail will directly connect recreational destinations such as Baker and Carver Park Reserves, Gale Woods Farm, and Kingswood Park in addition to the Lake Minnetonka LRT, Dakota Rail and Lake Independence Regional Trails – and the Luce Line State Trail, and will indirectly connect to Lake Minnetonka Regional Park. Some segments of the proposed trail already exist, or are planned for construction funding in the future.
 View overview map

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.

The Park District Board of Commissioners has released the Baker/Carver Regional Trail Master Plan for public review. The Master Plan also may be viewed electronically below as PDFs. 

Cover and Executive Summary 
Section I Planning Framework 
Section II Planning & Public Process
Section III Demand Forecast
Section IV Trail Route Description & Development Concept 
Section V Design Guidance
Section VI Operations & Maintenance Plan
Section VII Implementation, Estimated Costs & Funding
Appendix A 
Appendix B 
Appendix C 
Appendix D 
Appendix E 
Appendix F

Electronic Comment Submission
To send comments via email, contact

Mail Comment Submission
Three Rivers Park District Administrative Center
Re: Baker/Carver Regional Trail 
3000 Xenium Lane North
Plymouth, MN 55441

Joint Workshop – February 25, 2014 
6:30–7:30 PM
Independence City Hall, 1920 County Road 90
Three Rivers Park District staff attended 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

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 existed in Maple Plain and Independence, and public comment was solicited to recommend a preferred route. Public input regarding a preferred route alignment through Independence and Maple Plain was taken from October 29 - December 31, 2013.

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

View the public comments summary.  

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