Sherburne County Parks and Trails Plan

HKGi worked with county staff to develop “The Nature of Sherburne: A Vision for Sherburne County’s Parks and Trails.” As the title implies, HKGi engaged county staff, leadership, and stakeholders to establish a vision for the future development of the county’s system. The process included an initial assessment of the current system and the identification of desired facilities, programming, and operations needs. Out of that assessment phase, HKGi worked with stakeholders to draft a mission, vision, and set of goals that provided direction for the rest of the planning process.

Qualities that influenced planning included access to significant non-county recreational resources such as the Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge, the Sand Dunes State Forest, and Elk River’s 430-acre Woodland Trails Regional Park. These additional resources will enable the county to focus its efforts on improvements to current parks, enhancements to the Great Northern Trail and the county’s bike-trail network, the development of one new park at Big Elk Lake, the addition of staff, and improved programming at existing parks. The plan features a clearly outlined timeline that will guide the timing of implementation initiatives.


Guiding goals include Active Recreation Development, Natural Resource Stewardship, and Programming and Marketing of Parks and Trails

Recommendations include:

  • Establishment of a Park Advisory Committee
  • Seek Regional Designation for the Great Northern Trail and Grams Park
  • Add programming staff
  • Improve trail connections to county parks and facilities
  • Implement Big Elk Lake Regional Park improvements


Sherburne County, Minnesota


Sherburne County Parks

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