Parks Project Updates
The information below is on planned and active construction projects in the Ramsey County Parks and Recreation system. Please note most projects are weather dependent and dates may be subject to change. Updates are posted as they become available.
Ramsey Communities Pedestrian & Bicycle Plan
Active Living Ramsey Communities, an initiative of Ramsey County, is bringing people together to build a vibrant, walkable and bike-friendly community. We will be working together over the next year to create our first-ever Pedestrian and Bicycle System Plan.
The plan will serve as a single, consistent resource for Ramsey County, its municipalities, and partners in implementing improvements to the walking and biking network in the county. We will outline recommended improvements to walking and biking infrastructure as well as programming and local policy changes that can be implemented to integrate active transportation within the county’s operational framework. The planning process will take approximately ten months, with plan completion expected for mid-October 2015.
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Transition Plan
In efforts to enhance our quality of life in all our parks and recreation facilities, Ramsey County Parks and Recreation Department is planning to develop an American with Disabilities Act (ADA) Transition Plan to make all parks and recreation facilities accessible.
In 2010, ADA rules and regulations were updated with new guidelines for programmatic and physical accessibility. Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act requires state and local governments and other entities receiving federal funding to make their programs, activities, services and facilities accessible to individuals with disabilities. Title II of the ADA expands this requirement to all state and local governments whether or not they receive federal funds. Regardless of a public entity’s size, Title II applies and seeks to ensure access to all publicly funded programs, services and agencies.
Ramsey County Parks and Recreation plans to develop the ADA Transition Plan in two phases. Phase 1 will include physical accessibility only and Phase 2 will include programmatic accessibility.
ADA Transition Phase 1 Goals:
- Goal 1: Complete an accessibility self-evaluation that provides comprehensive guidance and a prioritized barrier removal plan for sites and facilities to meet 2010 ADA standards.
- Goal 2: Establish assessment methodology consistent with the ADA self-evaluation form and complete data collection for all parks and recreation facilities.
- Goal 3: Develop and complete a draft plan that reflects project goals and includes assistance with focus groups, public hearings and a 45-day comment period prior to obtaining approval from the Ramsey County Board of Commissioners.
Please check back often as more information will be forthcoming.
Highway 96 Regional Trail Master Plan Amendment
Ramsey County Parks and Recreation Department is planning to amend the 1996 Highway 96 Regional Trail Corridor Master Plan for a portion of the Highway 96 Regional Trail adjacent to Snail Lake Marsh in Shoreview, MN.
The master plan amendment is focused on an area south of the intersection of Highway 96 and Victoria Street that was acquired as open space by Ramsey County during 1976 and 1977. The addition of Snail Lake Marsh will provide 47 acres of passive recreation, including paved and natural surface trail facilities, informal seating areas, nature observation areas, habitat restoration and interpretation along the Highway 96 Regional Trail.
In February, an open house was held at the City of Shoreview Council Chambers to solicit comments for the proposed master plan design. After reviewing comments, the master plan was revised to lessen the impact of proposed facilities to the Snail Lake Marsh site.
- Reduction of paved trails:
A bituminous (paved) trail system is planned to be located on the north end of the property only.
- Natural surface trails:
A natural surface trail system with varied trail widths is planned to be located in tree canopy areas and selective upland prairie areas for site sensitivity.
- Information seating area:
Small information seating areas are planned throughout the trail system. It is intended these areas will have seating amenities with interpretive signage.
- Nature observation area:
Two nature observation areas are planned for the site. These areas will be informal and will offer opportunities for viewing different habitat environments. It is intended these areas will have informal seating amenities and interpretive signage.
- Trailhead rest area:
The trailhead rest area was shifted closer to the existing Highway 96 Regional Trail to provide enhanced opportunities and connection to the Snail Lake Marsh site. The trailhead rest area is planned to have seating, signage, enhanced landscape and spaces for public art/sculptures.
Other Concept Plan Features:
- Habitat Restoration:
Restoration is planned for upland, shoreland and woodland areas. Restoration will include removal of invasive woodland / plant species, and establishing a mix of native plant species at Snail Lake Marsh.
- A future city connector trail/boardwalk is planned to provide a connection to the Snail Lake Marsh site from Reiland Lane. The connection is intended to be a future connection that would be planned and funded by the city of Shoreview.
View previous Master Plan Concept (prior to March 11, 2015)
Solicitation for public comment has closed for this project.
Rice Creek North Regional Trail
Ramsey County Parks and Recreation has prepared a Master Plan Amendment for the portion of the Rice Creek North Regional Trail Corridor from I-35W to County Road I adjacent to the former Twin Cities Army Ammunition Plant (TCAAP) site in Arden Hills. The Rice Creek corridor was identified as an essential wildlife corridor providing a habitat link between regional parks.
The master plan amendment was needed to allow an additional 60 acres to the existing wildlife corridor for a total of 108 acres, which will be used as wildlife habitat, a trailhead facility and cross country ski trails. The project will also include the development of a Regional Trail extension, which is a new 1.5 mile trail link along the east side of the former TCAPP site to the Highway 96 Regional Trail on Highway 96.
The Rice Creek North Regional Trail Master Plan Amendment includes long-term policy guides to improvements, acquisitions, management and operations. The documents will address:
- Natural Resources
- Recreation opportunities and development
- Cost estimates
- Land protection needs
- Operations and maintenance
Solicitation for public comment has closed for this project.