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    D R A F TMAY 2013

    Lake Marion-South Creek Greenway M A S T E R P L A NE x e c u t i v e S u m m a r y

    F O R M O R E I N F O R M A T I O N V I S I T W W W . H K G I . C O M / P R O J E C T S / D A K O T A

  • 1 Lake Marion-South Creek Greenway DRAFT MASTER PLAN Executive Summary 2013

    INTRODUCTION The Lake Marion-South Creek Greenway Master Plan portrays a vision to establish a greenway from the Minnesota River in Burnsville to downtown Farmington.

    The Lake Marion-South Creek Greenway Master Plan emerged from the Dakota County Parks, Lakes, Trails and Greenways Vision 2030 and the Dakota County Greenway Collaborative Guidebook.

    Dakota County envisions its greenways to provide multiple layers of benefi ts in water quality, habitat enhancement, recreation, and non-motorized transportation. The Lake Marion-South Creek Greenway travels 20 miles through Burnsville, Scott County, Lakeville, and Farmington.

    Today, the landscape surrounding the greenway is varied. The greenway travels through a mix of residential neighborhoods, commercial development, local parks, Murphy-Hanrehan Regional Park Reserve (one of the fi nest natural resource amenities in the area), skirts the western edge of Lake Marion, through historic

    Master Plan Purpose

    The master plan

    Provides strategic guidance for future greenway development

    Integrates recreation, transportation, natural resource management, and improved water quality

    Provides recommendations for natural and cultural resource stewardship

    Identifi es a greenway trail alignment, interpretive themes, and design direction

    Recommends implementation strategies for land protection, development phasing, capital and operations budgets, and funding.

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    Second Priority ProjectLong-Term Project/ Minnesota River Greenway

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    Segment 4: HHHH Greenway (McGuire M.S. to Hamburg Ave) 1stIIII Grade separated crossing at Hamburg Ave 1stJJJJ Greenway (Hamburg Ave to Cedar Ave) 1stKKKK Grade separated crossing at Cedar Ave 1stLLLL Greenway (Cedar Ave to Flagstaff Ave) 1stMMMM Grade separated crossing at Flagstaff Ave 1stNNNN Gateway at Flagstaff Ave 1stOOOO Greenway (From Flagstaff Ave along South Creek) 1stPPPP Grade separated crossing at Pilot Knob Rd extension 1st In conjunction w/ road constructionQQQQ Greenway (Along South Creek to Spruce St) 1stRRRR Gateway at Spruce St 1stSSSS Greenway (Along Spruce St to Spruce St/South Creek Bridge) 1stTTTT Grade separated crossing at Spruce St/South Creek Bridge 1stUUUU Greenway (Along South Creek) 1stVVVV Grade separated crossing at Denmark Ave/South Creek Bridge 1stWWWW Greenway (Denmark Ave along South Creek) 1stXXXX Greenway (to Rambling River Trailhead) 2ndYYYY Rambling River Trailhead 2nd

    Lake Marion-South Creek Greenway North Priority Projects

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    Funding will also be a collaboration between the County, cities, and other agencies as appropriate. Cost share roles will be determined based on the strengths of each agency and circumstances of each project. In-kind contributions of land, easement, design, engineering, construction, maintenance, and operations are encouraged and will be outlined in individual joint powers agreements between agencies.

    It is anticipated that most future capital projects will be positioned to secure regional, state, and federal funds for recreation, water, and habitat and that these sources will account for the majority of capital construction costs. In many cases, but not all, Dakota County, as the regional agency, will be in the best position to pursue outside funding. Examples of outside funding sources include:

    NPS Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program

    Federal Transportation Grants (MAP 21)

    Minnesota Department of Transportation

    Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

    Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

    Metropolitan Council

    The Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund

    Clean Water, Land, and Legacy Amendment

    Watershed Management Organizations

    Foundations and Nonprofi ts

    Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP)


    Segment 1: AA Trailhead at MN River Regional Greenway Long Term Part of Minnesota River GreenwayBB Greenway (Along Minnesota River to Hwy 13) Long Term Part of Minnesota River GreenwayCC Grade separated crossing at TH 13 1stDD Gateway at Rudy Kraemer Nature Preserve 1stEE Greenway (Through Rudy Kraemer Nature Preserve) 1stFF Greenway (Rudy Kraemer Nature Preserve to Williams Dr) 1stGG Greenway (Williams Dr to Judicial Rd to Howell Park) 1stHH Improvements to greenway (Howell Park to Sunset Pond Park) 2ndII Gateway at Sunset Pond Park 2ndJJ Greenway (From Sunset Pond Park C.P. R&R corridor/CSAH 42 crossing) 1stKK Improvements to grade separated crossing at CSAH 42 1stLL Gateway at Rose Park 2ndMM Greenway (Rose Park to Kelleher Park) 2ndNN Gateway at Kelleher Park 2nd

    Segment 2: OO Greenway through Scott Co. By Others To be masterplanned by Scott Co/TRPDPP North Trailhead at Murphy Hanrehan Park By Others TRPDQQ Greenway through Scott Co. By Others To be masterplanned by Scott Co/TRPDRR Gatewayat Murphy Hanrehan Park By Others TRPDSS Greenway (Murphy Hanrehan Park to 185th St W) 2ndTT Grade separated crossing at 185th St W) 1stUU Greenway (185th St W through Ritter Farm Park) 1stU.1U.1 Trailhead at Ritter Farm Park 2nd

    Segment 3: VV Overpass at Interstate 35 ExistingWW Gateway at Casperson Park 2ndXX Greenway (Interstate 35 to 205th St W) 2ndYY Gateway at south end of Lake Marion 2ndZZ Grade separated crossing at 205th St W 2ndAAAA Improvements to greenway (Along 205th St W to Antlers Park) 2nd Improve existing paved trailBBBB Trailhead at Antlers Park 2ndCCCC Greenway (Antlers Park to Dodd Blvd) 2ndDDDD Greenway (Dodd Blvd to (C.P. R&R line) 2nd Improve existing paved trailEEEE Gateway at Downtown Lakeville 1stFFFF Not UsedGGGG Greenway (208th St W to McGuire M.S. adjacent to RR) 1st

    Lake Marion-South Creek Greenway North Priority Projects

    Funding for annual operating and maintenance costs for the 30 regional trail corridor and trailheads will primarily be the responsibility of Dakota County. Annual operating costs are funded though the Dakota County General Fund Budget and from regional park allocations from the Metropolitan Council. In situations where there are effi ciencies in local jurisdictions performing maintenance and operations, Dakota County will enter into a joint powers agreement outlining responsibilities and cost sharing.

    Lake Marion-South Creek Greenway DRAFT MASTER PLAN Executive Summary 2013 2

    Lake Marion

    downtown Lakeville, and along the shores of South Creek before arriving in downtown Farmington. The greenway also provides a link between the Minnesota River and North Creek Greenways.

    EXISTING CONDITIONSThe Lake Marion-South Creek Greenway links several natural areas of signifi cance: The Minnesota River, Murphy Hanrehan Regional Park, Lake Marion, South Creek, and the Vermillion River. Between these natural resources is a mix of suburban development residential and commercial areas and local parks. The greenway also connects historic downtowns in Lakeville and Farmington. Two areas will experience signifi cant future growth: the Northwest Quadrant in Burnsville near the Minnesota River and the area along South Creek in Farmington.

    Cultural Resources

    Every place has a unique history with resources with which people have an emotional connection. Within the greenway corridor, there are parks, the Dan Patch line, and many recreational resources, both historic and current, that have provided people with access to nature for generations. Places and stories of interest include: Native American burial mounds near the Minnesota River; the legendary Dan Patch racehorse; Orchard Gardens, a fl ag stop railroad depot on the National Register of Historic Places; early resort history- the Weichselbaum Resort on Lake Marion and other resorts on Orchard and Crystal Lakes; the 40 acre amusement park at Antlers Park; and several structures of historic age within older portions of Lakeville, Burnsville, and Farmington.

    Natural Resources

    The natural resources in the area surrounding the Lake Marion-South Creek Greenway consist of large complexes of high quality woodlands, prairies, and wetlands, mostly within regional and community parks. Murphy-Hanrehan Regional Park Reserve is one of the highest quality natural areas in the metro with a diverse mix of prairie, shrubland, woodland, and wetlands. Kraemer Nature Preserve, Ritter Farm Park, and Rambling River Park are also fi ne natural areas. The greenway area is also rich in water resources. Of note are the Minnesota River and river valley, Lake Marion, South Creek, and the Vermillion River. South Creek and the Vermillion River are DNR designated trout streams and provide opportunities for fi shing recreation. Restoration work, including remeandering in some areas, is currently underway along South Creek.

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    Land Protection And Stewardship

    Dakota Countys greenway concept expands the traditional concept of a corridor to include recreation, transportation, ecological, and water quality components in a 100 -300 corridor. Because securing the entire width of the corridor it is not feasible, a dual approach to securing greenway lands is recommended.

    Land Protection - protecting land is essential to make the greenway usable to the public. For the Lake Marion-South Creek Greenway, this means securing lands needed for the trail corridor and trailheads. For land owned by other public agencies, Dakota County will need to permanently protect the trail corridor and trailheads for greenway trail use with easements or joint powers agreements. For land that is currently privately owned, the County will need to protect the trail corridor for public use. Land protection strategies include: park dedication, direct purchase with resale of land not required for the trail, permanent easements, land donation, bargain sale, life estate, and negotiations with cities and developers.

    Land Stewardship - refers to the care of native landscapes and habitat within the wider greenway. Generally, Dakota County will not be the lead agency in stewardship activities outside of the 30 trail corridor, but will work as steward partners with local jurisdictions, agencies, and private landowners with funding and expertise.

    Phasing and Priorities

    Greenway segments have been prioritized as either fi rst priority projects or second priority projects. It is anticipated that fi rst priority projects will be built in advance of second priority projects but the Master Plan remains fl exible so that any project can be implemented as partnership or funding opportunities arise.

    First priority projects are those that are needed to create a continuous, functional greenway experience. It is intended that recreation, water quality, and natural resource elements be integrated into the greenway at the time of initial construction.

    Second priority projects will enhance the greenway experience. These are things such as: grade separated crossings; trailhead development; and enhancements to existing trails such as landscaping, habitat restoration interpretation, wayfi nding, benches, trash receptacles, etc.

    Rudy Kraemer Nature Preserve

    South Creek

    Sunset Pond

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    The Stewardship Plan

    The linear nature of the Lake Marion-South Creek Greenway will require natural resource management strategies that are geographically targeted, cooperative, and realistic. The plan recommends restoration and protection efforts be focused on the trailhead locations, where there is the greatest opportunity for greenway users to see the results of activities. Stewardship activities in the larger greenway corridor will need to be in cooperation with public and private landowners. All stewardship actions should be evaluated through the lens of sustainability is the stewardship effort sustainable over the long-term, from both an ecological and economic perspective.

    IMPLEMENTATION & MANAGEMENTImplementation will depend on multi-jurisdictional collaboration. Without continued coordination between the communities and agencies that the greenway travels through it is unlikely the greenway, as it is envisioned, will be built. While the 30 regional trail corridor will be the jurisdictional and operational responsibility of Dakota County, the larger greenway corridor will be governed in many ways depending on the situation and land ownership. As greenway segments are built, formal joint powers agreements between Dakota County and collaborating agencies will need to be established to outline specifi c agency responsibilities. These agreements will outline who has control over the trail right-of-way, as well as who will operate and maintain the trail and how they will do it. Similarly, responsibilities for land acquisition, construction, stewardship, operations, and maintenance will depend on the particularities of each segment.

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  • 5 Lake Marion-South Creek Greenway DRAFT MASTER PLAN Executive Summary 2013

    THE PLANThe Development Plan

    Development of the Lake Marion-South Creek Greenway hinges on a continuous, paved trail for nature-based recreation and non-motorized transportation. The trail is a connective feature linking recreation destinations (places people go for outdoor recreation), activity centers (gathering places along the trail), and trail connections.

    Design features that are signatures of Dakota County Regional Trails include:

    Follows natural resources and has a natural design signature

    Frequent access points at full service trailheads with restrooms, picnicking, water and vehicle parking (every 3-5 miles) and smaller, more frequent, neighborhood gateways between trailheads

    Paved trails that are plowed in winter

    Grade separated crossings at major roads

    Cultural and natural resource interpretation

    Wayfi nding

    High quality furnishings at trailheads, gateways and rest areas

    Universal accessibility

    Utilizes sustainable building practices and materials

    Lighting where evening use is anticipated

    Wayfi nding is discussed as an important part in the Development Plan for the greenway. Above are concepts for a Gateway Landmark wayfi nding element.

    Trailheads will be located at major access points along the greenway.

    Judicial Road Conceptual Section

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    The Interpretive Plan

    The interpretive plan identifi es an interpretive theme and sub-themes that provide a framework for cultural and environmental interpretive education. The plan recommends that the theme and subthemes be integrated into the greenway design and interpretation concentrated at trailheads and neighborhood gateways.

    Interpretive Theme

    A Place for People: Lake Marion-South Creek Greenway continues to provide abundant recreational opportunities to an evolving community.

    Subthemes Active Living- Counting the Benefi ts: Historic and Current Recreation

    Opportunities in the Corridor

    A Changing Community Identity: A Distinct Urban Fabric

    A Population Shift: We Celebrate the Changes and Respect the History that Shaped our Community


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    Grade separated crossings will be used to cross major roadways or railroads.

    Enhancements to at-grade crossings will improve safety

    Outdoor furnishings, such as benches, bike racks, and lighting, will be placed conveniently along the greenway for resting and safety.

    Downtown Lakeville