Three Rivers Park District, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, the cities of Minneapolis, Bloomington, and Richfield, and other project partners are working together to finalize a master plan for the Intercity Regional Trail. When completed, the seven-mile Intercity Regional Trail will provide a paved, multi-use regional trail route from Lake Nokomis Parkway in Minneapolis south through Richfield and on to the Minnesota River in Bloomington.
The trail will connect to the Minneapolis Grand Rounds trail system at Lake Nokomis, Three Rivers Park District's Nine Mile Creek Regional Trail in Richfield, and the Mall of America in Bloomington. Possible connections across the Minnesota River to Dakota County'ss regional trail system also may be explored.
As part of the master planning process, an open house will be held to review the proposed trail segment within the City of Minneapolis on February 21. Details are as follows:
Intercity Regional Trail open house
5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Hope Lutheran Church ¡ª Fellowship Hall
5728 Cedar Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55417
At the open house, people may view maps and informational displays about the proposed trail, and staff from the City of Minneapolis, Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, and Three Rivers Park District will be available to answer questions. The public is invited to submit comments about the trail master plan at the open house. Comments also may be sent to: Three Rivers Park District, Intercity Regional Trail, 3000 Xenium Lane N., Plymouth, MN 55441-1299; or e-mailed to ICRT@ThreeRiversParkDistrict.org. For more information, visit www.ThreeRiversParks.org and search for Intercity Regional Trail, or call 763-559-9000.
About Three Rivers Park District
Three Rivers Park District is a nature-based park system that manages park reserves, regional parks, regional trails and special-use facilities in the Twin Cities metropolitan area. Three Rivers Park District's mission is to promote environmental stewardship through recreation and education in a natural resources-based park system. The Park District owns and operates more than 27,000 acres and serves more than 8 million visitors a year.
About the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board
With 182 park properties totaling nearly 6,732 acres of land and water, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board provides places and recreation opportunities for all people to gather, celebrate, contemplate, and engage in activities that promote health, well-being, community and the environment. Its Grand Rounds National Scenic Byway and Regional Park and Trail System features 51 miles of paved walking and biking trails that offer breathtaking views of the City's best features. This system serves an estimated 15 million visits per year. To learn more about the Minneapolis Park System, visit www.minneapolisparks.org.
About the Minneapolis Bicycle Program
The Minneapolis Bicycle Program helps those who live and work in the city to use bicycles as a low polluting, cost-effective, and healthy way to travel. Minneapolis has been ranked as the best biking city in the country by Bicycling Magazine, as well as the #4 bicycling city in the nation by the U.S. Census Bureau. Minneapolis has 81 miles of on-street bikeways and 85 miles of off-street bikeways. The city has also been awarded the League of American Bicyclists' Bicycle Friendly Community Gold Award.