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.
Curious what is happening at the Three Rivers Park District. Read the latest Summer 2013 Update from Commissioner DeJournett.
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.
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
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
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:
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.
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.
“I would like to thank the Three Rivers Park community for their confidence in my candidacy and for the support I received from all across the district. The experience of door-knocking and meeting with residents has been great and I’m pleased that my opportunity to work with the community has only just begun. Thank you to all my volunteers and supporters who helped me out reach to our entire district. A special thank you also goes to my opponent, Rick Theisen. Our community will surely benefit from the ideas that were shared and the discussions that were had regarding the future of our park system. I am humbled by the outcome of the election and I am looking forward to serving my community as their new Three Rivers Park Commissioner,” concluded Jennifer DeJournett, Three Rivers Park Commissioner (2) -elect.