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.

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Bald Eagle Lake Alum Treatment

The Rice Creek Watershed District (RCWD) will be treating Bald Eagle Lake in Bald Eagle-Otter Lake Regional Park with alum in spring 2014. Treatment is expected to begin right after ice out when water temperatures reach 40° in April or May. The treatment process will take about 10 days.

During the treatment process, large tanks on trailers will be left at the Bald Eagle boat launch. The park will remain open during treatment, including the boat launch and fishing pier. The shelter will be closed and unavailable for rental.​

Alum treatments reduce phosphorous levels in lake water and improve water clarity. Studies have shown that alum is safe for fish, invertebrates and humans. For more information, please visit the project page on the RCWD website. 

A public hearing for the alum treatment is scheduled for Thursday, April 3 at 6:30 p.m. at the White Bear Lake City Hall Council Chambers, located at 4701 Highway 61, White Bear Lake, MN 55110.

Questions about this project should be directed to the RCWD at 763-398-3070​.

Keller Trail and Boardwalk Project

Nov. 5 Update: Construction is now expected to run through spring 2014.

Construction will begin on the Keller Trail and Boardwalk Project on Monday, September 16 from Lower Keller to Spoon Lake. Construction is expected to wrap-up by November 14.

The trail will be constructed from the Hwy 61 bridge over Keller Creek at Lower Keller up to and under the new Hwy 36 bridge. It will then connect to the trailhead on the east side of Spoon Lake. Parking lots in the project area may have periodic construction staging and machinery throughout the fall of 2013.

Construction will consist of installing bituminous trail components, helical piles for the boardwalk at the Keller/ Spoon Lake Channel, and some of the pad foundation boardwalk from the Island parking lot to the north wetland area. It will also include turf dormant seeding.

Boardwalk installation will continue this winter, and native plant restoration will take place in early spring 2014. 


Trout Brook Trail

The Trout Brook Trail closed to the public from Larpenteur Ave W to Arlington Ave W on Monday, October 7 due to a bridge replacement project at Wheelock Parkway. Please follow the posted detour.

At this time, we anticipate that this section of the Trout Brook Trail will reopen in summer 2014. A better timeline will be posted when available. 

Long Lake Regional Park

Nov. 5​ Update: The playgrounds at Long Lake Regional Park are currently closed for replacement through spring 2014. To find alternate playground locations and parks in your neighborhood, visit www.GoRamsey.org. Thank you for your patience.


Rice Creek North Regional Trail

September 26 Update: The construction site has been seeded and the new parking lot at Lexington Ave. is now open to the public. The building will not open until spring 2014 to allow for fall drain down. A dumpster and portable toilet will be available this fall and winter. Users are asked that they and their pets please stay on paved surfaces while turf restoration is ongoing.

Project Information:
Ramsey County Parks and Recreation is currently in the process of preparing 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 has been identified as an essential wildlife corridor providing a habitat link between regional parks.

The master plan amendment is 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 will be long term policy guides to the improvements, acquisitions, management and operations. The documents will address:
  • Natural Resources
  • Recreation opportunities and development
  • Cost estimates
  • Land protection needs
  • Phasing
  • Operations and maintenance
The Master Plan/Amendment process began in May 2013 and is expected to be complete by July 2013.   Project information will be posted on this page throughout the 3 month planning period. To submit project comments, please visit http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/RiceCreekRegionalTrail​.

Please click the links below to view or download PDFs related to this project.

For planning and construction comments and questions, please contact:
Scott Yonke, ASLA, PLA
Director of Planning and Development
651-748-2500 ext. 330
scott.yonke@co.ramsey.mn.us​​​​​​​
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Contact Us

2015 N. Van Dyke Street
Maplewood, MN 55109-3796
Phone: 651-748-2500
Fax:  651-748-2508
Email:  parks@co.ramsey.mn.us