Dakota County Greenway Planning

Since 2009 HKGi has worked with Dakota County on ground-breaking master plans for its county-wide greenway system.   These projects represent the first regionally-designated corridor master plans in the Twin Cities to intentionally combine the functions of water quality, habitat, linear recreation, non-motorized transportation, and interpretation planning.

The master plans are rooted in the directives outlined in the Dakota County Greenway Guidebook, developed by HKGi, and they exemplify HKGi’s long-standing approach to infusing ecological functions into community planning and infrastructure investments.  The master plans demonstrate HKGi’s ability to engage a broad range of stakeholders, land-owners in particular, in creative problem solving that address concerns and build a viable path to implementation.

Key topics addressed by the master plans include alignment, interpretation and design; strategies to meet objectives for recreation, transportation, natural resource management and improved water quality; recommendations for natural and cultural resource stewardship; and implementation strategies, phasing, and budgeting.


Created the Greeway Collaborative Guidebook establishing the guiding principles and design standards for subsequent greenway planning and design

Created master plans for no less than eight greenways in Dakota County

Provided design services for critical 1-mile segment of River to River Greenway

Provided grant writing to implement greenway improvements


Dakota County, Minnesota


Dakota County Parks


ASLA-MN 2012 Merit Award for North Creek Greenway and Minnesota River Greenway Master Plans

Greenways that Serve Multiple Public Functions

Dakota County’s vision for its greenway network is to fulfill several public goods within one corridor. The greenways are planned and designed to provide recreational opportunities and to serve as infrastructure for non-motorized transportation, but they are also designed with the intention of protecting and improving water quality and providing corridors that wildlife can use to move from habitat to habitat.

Learn more about the Greenway Collaborative

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