Parks Planning & Projects
Ramsey County is continually planning and implementing construction projects to improve our parks and way of life. Most projects are weather dependent and dates are subject to change.
ADA transition plan
Ramsey County is developing an American with Disabilities Act (ADA) Transition Plan to make all parks and recreation facilities accessible to all members of our population regardless of handicap.
In 2010, ADA rules and regulations were updated with new guidelines for programmatic and physical accessibility. Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act requires state and local governments and other entities receiving federal funding to make their programs, activities, services and facilities accessible to individuals with disabilities. Title II of the ADA expands this requirement to all state and local governments whether or not they receive federal funds. Regardless of a public entity’s size, Title II applies and seeks to ensure access to all publicly funded programs, services and agencies.
Ramsey County plans to develop the ADA Transition Plan in two phases. Phase One will include physical accessibility only and Phase Two will include programmatic accessibility.
Phase one goals
- Goal 1: Complete an accessibility self-evaluation that provides comprehensive guidance and a prioritized barrier removal plan for sites and facilities to meet 2010 ADA standards.
- Goal 2: Establish assessment methodology consistent with the ADA self-evaluation form and complete data collection for all parks and recreation facilities.
- Goal 3: Develop and complete a draft plan that reflects project goals and includes assistance with focus groups, public hearings and a 45-day comment period prior to obtaining approval from the Ramsey County Board of Commissioners.
Battle Creek Off-Road Cycling
Ramsey County Parks & Recreation will draft an off-road cycling master plan for Battle Creek Regional Park in 2017. An open house will be held to review current off-road cycling trails, preview future trails and discuss other cycling amenities within the park. All off-road cyclists are encouraged to attend the open house and participate in an open discussion on off-road cycling at Battle Creek.
Please participate in our off-road cycling survey.
Date: Thursday, Feb. 23
Time: 6 - 8 p.m.
Location: Battle Creek Recreation Center
Bruce Vento Regional Trail
The Bruce Vento Regional Trail is a 13-mile trail that runs through Saint Paul, Maplewood, Vadnais Heights, Gem Lake, White Bear Lake and White Bear Township. Ramsey County Parks & Recreation is planning a three-mile trail extension from Buerkle Rd. to Highway 96. The extension will be located within street and railroad corridors near the city of White Bear Lake’s western boundary and in sections of Maplewood, Vadnais Heights, Gem Lake and White Bear Township.
Lake Owasso County Park
Planning for the Lake Owasso County Park redevelopment project will begin in August 2016. Residents and park visitors are encouraged to attend three planning meetings in August, September and November.
Public planning meetings
August 25, 2016
View notes from this meeting (PDF)
September 15, 2016
Design workshop – concept refinement
Despite heavy rain, 46 members of the community attended the planning meeting on September 15 at Lake Owasso County Park. Questionnaires were handed out and four groups of participants provided feedback for what they would like to see through the park redesign project.
View participant feedback. (PDF)
November 17, 2016
Approximately 50 people attended the open house meeting in November. Two concept plans were shown for review and comment. Index card comments and dot exercises allowed attendees to provide plan feedback.
View plan highlights and participant feedback.
Public Open House
March 9, 2017, 6 - 8 p.m.
Ramsey County Public Works
The proposed Lion's Park in New Brighton is a collaborative park project between the city of New Brighton and Ramsey County Parks & Recreation. The New Brighton city portion of park will be located just to the south of Long Lake Regional Park and will include a softball field, lacrosse/multi-purpose field, play area, trails and related park amenities. Ramsey County is planning park development that will complement the new park, including a park shelter, nature play area, trails, restrooms, parking lot and additional park amenities within the portion of Long Lake Regional Park that is directly adjacent to Lion's Park. As a part of the Lion's Park development project, a shared parking lot, trail connections and associated site grading and utility improvements will be made to allow future amenities to be completed.
View park map. (PDF)
Rice Creek North Regional Trail
UPDATE 11/21: Repair work is being performed on two pedestrian bridges between County Road H and Long Lake Regional Park. The trail will be closed from Nov. 21 - Dec. 2 while repairs are made.
UPDATE 10/3: Project work has been completed and the trail is now open to all trail users. Small scale projects may continue on the trail through fall, but will not impact trail accessibility.
UPDATE 8/25: Most project work has been completed, however sections of the trail were found to be in need of additional repair before it can be opened for use. Ramsey County Parks & Recreation is working to complete the additional repairs as quickly as possible with an anticipated opening in fall 2016.
Ramsey County Parks & Recreation has begun construction on an extension of the Rice Creek North Regional Trail from County Road H to Long Lake Regional Park. Construction began in January 2016 and the anticipated completion date is August 1, 2016.
Closure for County Road H construction
The County Road H interchange at I-35W is currently under construction. While construction work takes place, a portion of the Rice Creek North Regional Trail will be closed, near the County Road H bridge. A section fo the trail will be removed while work is completed. The closed portion will reopen after construction is completed in Fall 2017.
Tamarack Nature Center
Construction work will begin on Monday, August 29 on a new parking lot at Tamarack Nature Center. The nature center will remain open throughout the construction process, however the Birch Lake Regional Trail, located along Otter Lake Road near the main Tamarack entrance, will be closed. Demand for programs, facilities and natural areas at Tamarack has grown significantly in recent years. Infrastructure updates and improvements are needed to accommodate this growth. The new parking lot, which is part of the Tamarack Nature Center master plan, will improve traffic flow and better accommodate user needs. The lot will be more energy efficient and will also improve safety and accessibility for year-round visitors including preschool students and parents, school buses, pedetrians and trail users. Construction is anticipated to be complete in spring 2017.
Features will include
- A new parking lot entrance.
- 51 additional public parking stalls.
- 35 stalls in a new staff parking lot.
- New pedestrian paths to connect parking lots and site destinations.
- Dimmable LED lights with motion sensors.
- A newly configured Birch Lake Regional Trail.
- New trees, native shrubs and herbaceous plants located in stormwater basins where currently invasive species have been growing.
Trout Brook Regional Trail
Ramsey County Parks & Recreation is preparing a master plan amendment for the Trout Brook Regional Trail to accommodate a trail extension from Lake McCarron’s County Park in Roseville, north to Vadnais-Snail Lakes Regional Trail in Vadnais Heights. Trout Brook Regional Trail is currently a 1.6-mile trail extending from Lake McCarron’s County Park south to the Gateway section of the Willard Munger State Trail in Saint Paul.
Community engagement meetings will be held for the public in February-March 2017. Additional details will be shared as they become available.
Conceptual alignments for the north extension of the Trout Brook Regional Trail.