NEWSBRIEF: Plans for Central Greenway Regional Trail approved by Metropolitan Council


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The proposed route for the south segment of the Central Greenway Regional trail from Cottage Grove Ravine Regional Park to Interstate 94 was approved by the Metropolitan Council Sept. 27.

The Central Greenway Regional Trail is a future trail in Washington County that will enhance the region’s multi-modal transportation and recreation system by providing a 30-mile connection between three of the region’s premier regional park facilities: Big Marine Park Reserve, Lake Elmo Park Reserve, and Cottage Grove Ravine Regional Park.

The proposed route for the south segment will mostly follow County Road 19 from Cottage Grove Ravine Regional Park to Interstate 94. Much of this trail is already built and the remaining gaps are planned in the coming years. 

A copy of the trails master plan is on the county’s website, and can be found at www.co.washington.mn.us by searching “Central Greenway Regional Trail.”

With the south segment of the Central Greenway Regional Trail now approved, the county will begin to plan the trail’s alignment within the segment running through Lake Elmo, between Interstate 94 and Highway 36. The process will kick off this winter, and there will be opportunities for the public to provide input in the coming months.

Trails have been a major source of discussion during the public engagement portion of updating the county’s 2040 comprehensive plan, which is now underway, and in resident surveys conducted by the county.



 

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