Three Rivers Park District Proposed 2014 General Fund Operating Budget

The Public Hearing on the Three Rivers Park District Proposed 2014 General Fund Operating Budget is scheduled for Thursday Dec 5th at 9 am.

Public Comments including any written correspondence will be submitted for the record. If you would like a copy of the proposed General Fund Operating Budget, please email me at


Ride-along with Three Rivers Public Safety

In my nine months on the job as a Three Rivers Commissioner, I’ve tried to tour as many parks as I can and learn from the staff who make our parks the fun, clean and safe places they are. Of all the experiences I’ve had in the parks so far, one of the highlights for me has been the opportunity to participate in a ride-along with Public Safety Sgt. Heidi Speak.

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Newsletter: Fall Update

Now that Fall is officially here, I thought I would give you an update on the Three Rivers Park District.

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Summer 2013 Update

Curious what is happening at the Three Rivers Park District.  Read the latest Summer 2013 Update from Commissioner DeJournett.


Horse Trail User Feedback Opportunity


  Open House/Public Forum:  Two events have been scheduled in September with the purpose to gather verbal and written input from the public, including horse trails users and other park users, on the topic of horse trail development, improvements, operations and priorities.

Proposed locations and dates for the events include:

Sept 11 – Spring Lake Park Town Hall

Sept 16 – Elm Creek Park Reserve Chalet

The townhall will be formatted as follows:  530 pm to 630 pm Open House  630 pm to 730 pm Public Feedback 730 pm to 830 pm Open House

There will also be an online survey available for those who wish to provide comment.  More details of these public feedback opportunities will be sent out in the next few weeks.

Snowmobiling Public Forums – We want your comments

Three Rivers Park District would like to hear from the public about snowmobiling in the parks. The Park District has scheduled three forums to gather public comments related to the Park District’s snowmobiling policy, Ordinance, and a variety of snowmobile-related topics. The Three Rivers Park District Board of Commissioners will use this information as it reviews Three Rivers’ snowmobiling policy and operations.

The public is encouraged to attend one of the following forums:

Tuesday, June 25, 6:30 PM
Gale Woods Pavilion
7210 County Road 110 West, Minnetrista

Monday, July 1, 6:30 PM
Elm Creek Chalet
12400 James Deane Parkway, Maple Grove

Thursday, July 11, 6:30 PM
In partnership with Scott County
Ridges at Sand Creek
21775 Ridges Drive, Jordan

The public is also invited to complete an online survey by July 15.

Snowmobiling is currently permitted in order to provide links in State Grant-in-Aid snowmobile trails within Baker, Carver, Crow-Hassan, Elm Creek, Lake Rebecca and Murphy-Hanrehan Park Reserves, as well as Cleary Lake, Spring Lake and Lake Minnetonka Regional Parks.

Elm Creek Dog Park Update 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

To learn more about this project and for contact information, CLICK HERE.

Coon Rapids Dam Project Update

Coon Rapids Dam Project Underway

Visitors to Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park will notice that changes are 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 combatting the threat of invasive fish species on the Mississippi River as well as making much-needed improvements to extend the life
of the dam.

The following links contain additional information on the project and contact information:

Three Rivers Park District Update Page

DNR Project Update Page

News Article on Project Update Page

Fish Lake Project Planned for 2013 – Updated Park Information

Fish Lake Project Planned for 2013

Three Rivers Park District will be completing a pavement management project for Fish Lake Regional Park in 2013. The project will involve replacing all of the pavement on the entrance road, the parking lots, and portions of the paved trails within the park. The Park District is also taking additional measures aimed at improving water quality in Fish Lake, including reducing impervious area and constructing a permeable paver system in the main parking lot. ADA upgrades will also be incorporated as part of the project.

As part of this project, the Park District will replace the existing boat ramp with a longer ramp that will extend into deeper water. The Park District has also coordinated with the Minnesota DNR and obtained approval to dredge a small amount of material from the end of the new ramp in order to provide greater water depth and improve the ease of boat launching.

Subject to contractor schedule and weather, construction is planned to begin in June 2013 and to be complete by October 2013. The majority of the work on the roads and parking lots is expected to fall within the July 15 to September 15 closure but park users should expect to see construction activity beginning in  early June.  The Park will remain open during this construction.

For additional information and how to contact Three Rivers Park District for questions and concerns, visit this link; CLICK HERE

Hyland cross-country skiing snowmaking & trail project open house

Hyland Open House To Take Place May 14, 2013

Three Rivers Park District is considering a project to provide consistently high-quality cross-country skiing conditions throughout the entire cross-country ski season by developing a snowmaking and trail lighting system at Hyland Lake Park Reserve in Bloomington. Snowmaking and trail lighting infrastructure will be constructed for a 5-kilometer loop running from the Hyland Visitor Center to the Hyland Ski and Snowboard Area.

As envisioned, the Hyland Visitor Center will continue to be used as the trailhead for the cross-country ski trail network within the park. The snowmaking trail will utilize existing trails and service roads within the park to minimize impacts on the park’s natural resources. As planned, the project could be complete in time for the holiday break this December.

The public is invited to an open house to learn more about the proposed project and share comments about it.

For additional details and how to submit comment or attend the open house, see the link:  CLICK HERE

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