May is STILL bike month!
Three Rivers Park District operates over 200 miles of Regional Trails throughout Hennepin and surrounding counties.
May is STILL bike month!
On April 22nd, the Park District will begin construction improvements at two trail crossings on the Dakota Rail Regional Trail- Orono Orchard Road in Orono and County Road 110 in Minnetrista. The intersections will be closed to trail users and an on-street detour map will be posted at each end of the crossing.
Information about the project can be found on our website here:
The Rush Creek Regional Trail connects Elm Creek Park to the Mississippi River at Mississippi Gateway Park. It’s a beautiful day to get out and explore!
We are all in this together!
When using the trails please remember to observe the CDC's minimum recommended physical distancing of 6' from others and be prepared for limited access to restrooms, water fountains, and trash receptacles
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Three Rivers Park District
Yesterday, Governor Walz issued an executive order for all Minnesotans to Stay at Home from March 27 at 11:59 PM to April 10 in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19. We are committed to doing our part to help protect the health and safety of the community we serve and our employees.
As part of this order, Minnesotans are still able to be outside to get exercise and fresh air. Our parks and trails will remain open as places to recreate and recharge, as long as the social and physical distancing requirements of maintaining 6 feet between others are followed.
All buildings, including restrooms and drinking fountains, will be closed until further notice. Seasonal facilities, including play areas, campgrounds, group camps, golf courses and disc golf are also closed. We will continue to monitor the situation and assess what is feasible to open and when. As happens this time of year, some trails may also need to periodically close due to weather-related impacts. The latest information on what is open and what is closed can be found on our website.
Consistent with the Governor’s orders to extend the distance learning timeframe, all programs, events and reservations will be canceled through Monday, May 4. Guests impacted by these cancellations will be contacted via email or phone with additional information on refunds and rescheduling.
We ask all visitors, especially during the Stay at Home order, to be respectful of others in the park and of the natural resources we are working to protect. To ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for all, we ask you to:
* Practice social and physical distancing by maintaining at least 6 feet between yourself and others.
*Come prepared to not have access to restrooms, drinking water or trash disposal.
*Refrain from gathering or congregating in parking lots, entrances or other areas of the parks.
*Leave no trace – please carry your trash out of the park with you for disposal at home. This includes picking up after your dog.
*Keep dogs on a 6-foot leash (except in designated off-leash areas).
*Follow the CDC’s recommended guidelines for personal hygiene and etiquette prior to and during your visit.
Avoid visiting if you are not feeling well or are exhibiting symptoms consistent with a respiratory illness.
Some of our facilities, including dog off-leash areas, require a recreation pass to access. Passes are currently available to purchase online only. We understand that the closure of buildings, facilities and amenities can be challenging, but we appreciate your cooperation. Together we can get through these challenging and uncertain times; thank you for understanding.
For the most up-to-date information on our response to the developing situation around COVID-19, visit our COVID-19 webpage. We have put together answers to some frequently asked questions to help everyone better understand what is available at Three Rivers Parks in the coming weeks.
Thank you for your cooperation and understanding as we all work to help keep our community healthy and safe. We know that spending time outside and getting exercise is good for our physical and mental health, and we are happy to provide these opportunities to the community, especially at important times like these.
Three Rivers Park District
Three Rivers Park District
Here are some simple guidelines to keep in mind when taking advantage of Minnesota's beautiful outdoor spaces! Let's all work together to stay happy and healthy!
The health and safety of our park guests and employees is our top priority. With the developing situation around COVID-19, we wanted to share a few updates with you regarding our operations and plans to keep the parks open. Visit our website for important information.
Trail users on the Cedar Lake Regional Trail detour through St. Louis Park may experience some delays on March 13th at Beltline Boulevard. Construction crews will be installing trusses for the future trail bridge over Beltline Boulevard. Flaggers will be onsite to guide pedestrians and cyclists through the construction area.
The Park District is hosting an open house for the Bassett Creek Regional Trail in Golden Valley on Monday, February 24th, 2020 from 4:30 pm-6:30 pm at King of Grace Lutheran Church in Golden Valley. Please consider attending and provide us with feedback regarding this upcoming trail project.
For more information or to provide comments online visit letstalkthreerivers.org
Did you know there is a team of volunteers on park and regional trails in Three Rivers ready to help in any situation? They are known as park patrollers and each year, there are about 100 volunteers who patrol Three Rivers on paved bike/hike trails, singletrack mountain bike trails, horse trails, cross-country ski trails, and at events. Spring patrol training is coming up! Consider joining this amazing team of volunteers this spring.”
We need you! We’re just two short months away from the All Patrol Summer Kick-off (April 1!) for all new and returning Three Rivers Park Patrol volunteers.
- What does a Park Patrol Volunteer do? Provide information and basic first aid/emergency assistance to park guests within Three Rivers parks and on Three Rivers regional trails. Provide a safe and enjoyable experience for park guests.
- What qualities make for a good Park Patrol Volunteer? Must be at least 16 years of age, have good customer service skills, good physical fitness, and intermediate skill in chosen patrol travel method (hike, cross country ski, bike, skate, snowshoe, horseback)
- Why join? Waived trail fees while patrolling, help others while enjoying the parks and trails, receive excellent training, earn Volunteer Fun Pass awards, and more!
Volunteer Park Patrol Guide: http://bit.ly/ParkPatrolGuide19-20
Photo credit: Byron Ritter, Three Rivers Park Patrol Volunteer
The Park District, the City of Golden Valley, and Hennepin County are partnering on a project that aims to complete the last segment of trail along Golden Valley Road and Duluth Street (CSAH 66). It will also complete the last segment of the Bassett Creek Regional Trail and make a direct connection to Theodore Wirth Park.
For more information and an opportunity to provide comments on the project go to:
The Bassett Creek Regional Trail is a paved multi-use trail traveling from French Regional Park in Plymouth east through New Hope and Crystal and into Golden Valley. The goal for the trail, as outlined in the 2012 master plan, is to connect it to the Grand Rounds Trail at Theodore Wirth Park; howeve...
Cedar Lake Regional Trail- Blake Road tunnel construction!
Bundle up! It’s a beautiful day to get out on the Medicine Lake Regional Trail!
Colors on the North Cedar Lake Regional Trail are beautiful! Take a walk or a ride after work and reset your day!
Get out and enjoy the fall colors before the weather turns. Explore Minnesota Tourism maps out a great bike ride around Lake Minnetonka on the regional trails for you to enjoy.
Colors bursting from branches, cool air wafting off the lake, charming small town main streets—biking the 40-mile loop around Lake Minnetonka is everything good about fall in Minnesota wrapped up in a tidy, close-to-home bow.
Images from a bike ride on the Lake Minnetonka LRT Regional Trail. Choose your own adventure!
Your escape is not far away! We have over 150 mile of Regional Trail for you to run, walk, or roll on.
Three Rivers Park District - Crow Hassan Park Reserve
Your feedback is important to us! We are seeking input on the draft master plan for Crow-Hassan Park Reserve. The deadline for providing comments is being extended through Thursday, September 5 to provide additional opportunities to share feedback. Comments on the draft plan can be made on the Let’s Talk Three Rivers website, via email or US Mail.
The Crow River Regional Trail is planned 32 mile regional trail that will expand recreational access to the Crow River and Crow- Hassan Park Reserve. When completed it will connect the cities of Minnetrista, Independence, Franklin Township, Delano, Rockford, Hanover, Rogers, and Otsego.
The Crow-Hassan Park Master Plan is being updated to reflect the future alignment of the trail as well as other park improvements. The public may provide comments on the master plan here:
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2 wheels + 20 miles of paved trails = hours of biking at Elm Creek Park Reserve - Three Rivers Park District. Off road cycling as well. Whether you want a peaceful ride, a workout, or a challenge, you'll find it conveniently located. A number of City of Maple Grove trails as well as regional trails will lead you right to the park reserve, so you can really make a ride of it.
The Dakota Rail Regional Trail will be closed in Minnetonka Beach between the Lafayette Club and Arcola Bridge until early September 2019 for water main infrastructure improvements. A gentle reminder to obey signage and avoid biking on private property in order to go around construction. For more information, visit the City of the Village of Minnetonka Beach's website.
Follow the link below for detour maps to help you safely navigate around the Cedar Lake LRT Regional Trail closure.
A special thanks to all our Regional Trail Volunteers who are out there on the trails today! Especially this crew on the Cedar Lake Trail detour route in St Louis Park helping a cyclist with a broken bike!
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Vote for Nine Mile Creek Regional Trail:
Nine Mile Creek Regional Trail has been nominated for a Best in Innovation Award from the National Recreation and Park Association, and the public gets to decide the winner. Click the link below to vote through June 7.
Staying local this holiday weekend? Get out for a ride or walk - over 150 miles of Regional Trail to choose from!
Check out this great story about bike camping at Carver Park Reserve...the Lake Minnetonka LRT Regional Trail will get you there, all you need is a tent, a sleeping bag, a bike, and a way to carry your stuff (a Burley kid trailer works great!)
Every few months, representatives from the private sector and various government agencies from around the metro area come together and discuss one topic- how to get more people biking to work. We are proud to play a role in the carbon free transportation network, and provide a safe user experience whether your biking to work, school, or to one of our regional parks. Exercise, commute, transport...do your thing!
Friday was National Bike to Work Day- we caught this commuter sneaking their dog to work on the North Cedar Lake Regional Trail...(not very sneaky!)
It’s National Bike to Work Day! We are out in the North Cedar Lake Regional Trail until 9 am supporting commuters. Stop by, grab some coffee and say hi!
It’s Bike to Work Week! Stop by the Luce Line Regional Trail In Golden Valley and grab some commuter fuel like this guy. (donuts of course!)
May 13th -19th is National Bike To Work Week- grab a buddy and explore ways to bike to work on our regional trail system! We will be at the following locations to support your efforts with coffee and snacks:
Wednesday, May 15th
Luce Line Regional Trail- Golden Valley
Thursday, May 16th
Friday, May 17th
North Cedar Lake Regional Trail
May 13th -19th is National Bike to Work Week and we encourage you to get out there and give it a try! We will be out at the following locations along our Regional Trail System along with our city partners handing out coffee and snacks in support of your efforts:
Wednesday, May 15th - 6am-9am
Three Rivers Park District and City of Golden Valley
Luce Line Regional Trail- Winnetka Avenue area
Thursday, May 16th- 6am-9am
Three Rivers Park District and City of Hopkins
Cedar Lake Regional Trail- Hopkins Depot area
Friday, May 17th - 6am-9am
Three Rivers Park District and City of St. Louis Park
North Cedar Lake Regional Trail- Minnetonka Blvd area
Stop by and say hi!!!!
Beginning Monday, May 13th the Cedar Lake Regional Trail will be closed in Hopkins, St. Louis Park, and portions of Minneapolis due to construction of Metropolitan Council's Southwest Light Rail Transit project. The closure is expected to last 2-3 years.
For more information regarding the project, trail detours, and other information go to:
The Metropolitan Council will provide information on construction activities on this website and by email – subscribe to our email list to receive updates. For information about construction impacts, see below. This information will be updated every Friday throughout construction.
Join us in on Wednesday, February 6th from 6pm-7pm to discuss the future extension of the Dakota Rail Regional Trail into downtown Wayzata. Our design team will be there to answer your questions and seek public input on the design of this off-street bicycle and pedestrian extension into one of the busiest retail and restaurant districts on Lake Minnetonka.
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