Welcome!

This website provides information about Dakota County's greenway network and greenway planning process. See below to review and submit comments about current greenway planning efforts and to learn more about other greenway master plans.

Public Open House

A community open house was held on Tuesday, May 16, 2017 from 4:30-6:30pm
at the Rosemount Community Center - Banquet Room
13885 South Robert Trail, Rosemount, Minnesota (Show me a map)

This open house covered both the Rich Valley Greenway Master Plan and the Central Greenway Connectivity Study. Links to the public review drafts of both documents can be found below. To see the boards that were exhibited at the open house, click here to go to the Virtual Open House page.

Current Projects

The public review draft of the Rich Valley Greenway is now available for members of the public to review and provide comments. This greenway connects Eagan and Inver Grove Heights to the Mississippi River Trail.

There is also a public review draft of the Central Greenway Connectivity Study available for public review and comment. This study looks at bikeway connections between several greenways in the central part of the County.

The deadline for public comment on both projects is July 1, 2017

Other Greenway Master Plans

At the Other Greenways menu item above you can find information on the master plans already completed for the River to River Greenway, Lake Marion Greenway, Mendota to Lebanon Hills Greenway, Vermillion Highlands Greenway, Rosemount Greenway, Minnesota River Greenway, and North Creek Greenway. The Minnesota River and North Creek were the first greenway master plans to be prepared on the heels of the Greenway Collaborative Guidebook. The Greenway Collaborative process envisioned that the first master plan effort would act as a model for future master plans and would work through key issues such as operational responsibilities, design signature and a multi-jurisdictional planning process.

Each greenway plan undertakes the challenge of not only creating a great master plan for the greenway corridor but taking the project to an elevated level of detail and expertise in order to set an exceptional tone for each future greenway master plan. Below is Dakota County's Vision for Parks, Lakes, Trails and Greenways for the year 2030.


Habitat


Recreation


Non-motorized Transportation


Water Quality

The 2008 Dakota County Park System Plan solidifies a vision of an interconnected system of regional greenways through the urbanized areas of the county. The greenway vision suggests 200 miles of regional greenways, 2/3 of which are identified on land currently in public or semipublic ownership.

The greenway vision proposes more than a trail system - it suggests enhanced open space corridors that perform multiple functions and provide multiple community benefits in areas of water quality, habitat, recreation and nonmotorized transportation. These four categories of benefits are core elements in the greenway vision. Accommodating all four to the extent possible will be the goal for each greenway segment and is a focus of this Greenway Collaborative Guidebook.

Click here to link to a PDF of the Dakota County Greenway Collaborative Guidebook