Vadnais-Snail Lakes Regional Park Master Plan

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The Vadnais-Snail Lakes Regional Park and surrounding area has seen above normal precipitation and groundwater levels over the past 10 years that have led to flooding of roads, trails, and park picnic areas. Currently, several sections of the trail system are closed due to flooding, along with the public beach and picnic area near Snail Lake. Ramsey County Parks & Recreation has been working with Ramsey-Washington Metro Watershed District (RWMWD) and the city of Shoreview to collect data, make drainage improvements and address flooding issues to private residences and public infrastructure.

The data, which includes modeling of flood impacts and physical surveying of drainage features, will allow for accurate assessment of water elevations and predicting where future flooding impacts will occur. This information will be used as part of the framework for the regional park master plan update to determine where to replace impacted trails and facilities, so they are resilient to future flooding. This master plan update is a requirement of the Metropolitan Council as the overseer of the regional park and trails system. 

Community engagement

The public outreach phase of the master plan update has concluded. All comments have been compiled and used to influence the preferred concept.

The next step in the master planning process will consist of formal reviews with the Shoreview Parks and Recreation Commission, Shoreview Bikeways and Trails Committee and the Ramsey County Parks Commission. It will then be submitted to the Shoreview City Council, Ramsey County Board of Commissioners, and the Metropolitan Council. The draft master plan will be made available for additional public feedback.

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Preferred concepts

Previous community engagement meetings

March 3, 2020

A pop-up meeting was held at the Shoreview Community Center for the general public. Concepts were presented to the Snail Lake Improvement District (SLID).

February 19, 2020

At the second meeting, concepts based on comments from the previous meeting were presented. An opportunity for residents to provide feedback followed. 

January 23, 2020

At the kickoff meeting, a brief project overview was given and an opportunity for residents to provide comments and ask questions followed. The focus was on flooded park infrastructure such as trails, the Snail Lake picnic shelter, and beach.

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