Diamond Lake Regional Trail Master Plan

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Current Engagement Opportunities

Medina

Over the last year, Three Rivers Park District has worked with the city of Medina to collect feedback on the master plan for the Diamond Lake Regional Trail (DLRT). The vision for the plan is to develop a paved, multi-use trail through Medina and neighboring communities, allowing for safe walking, running, biking and in-line skating. Trail construction is typically done in multiple phases as funding and development opportunities allow. Final completion may take many years or even decades.

The original concept focused on a route that would travel north-south through Medina. However, in response to initial public feedback and at the direction of the Medina City Council, Three Rivers is no longer evaluating any regional trail options that would extend south of Hamel Road.

The Medina City Council and Park Commission have requested that Three Rivers Park District instead study and seek public comments on alternative routes in the northern portion of the city, specifically along and north of Hamel Road. These new alternative trail routes would run along Hamel Road, adjacent to the roadway and predominantly located within road right-of-way. Three Rivers Park District also will be exploring other potential trail routes that would not travel through Medina.

The Medina City Council and Park Commission desire to collect feedback and gauge support for a regional trail that could serve the growing and more densely populated neighborhoods of northeast Medina, provide a grade-separated crossing over Highway 55 and a connection to Baker Park Reserve.

Community members are encouraged to share their feedback on the interactive map below, at an outdoor open house or virtual community meeting. One-on-one outdoor or virtual meetings can also be requested via email to DLRT@threeriversparks.org or phone to Stephen Shurson, Three Rivers Project Manager, at 763-559-6766.


View and Comment on the Map


Project Background and Status Updates

Three Rivers Park District is leading a master planning process for the Diamond Lake Regional Trail - a new north-south regional trail through the western portion of Hennepin County. The regional trail is envisioned to travel 20 miles near the communities of Dayton, Rogers, Corcoran, Medina, Long Lake, Orono and Wayzata, and connect natural areas, parks and trails. The 10-foot-wide paved, multi-use trail will allow biking, hiking, dog walking, running, and in-line skating.

The goal of the master planning process is to identify one preferred route spanning the entire corridor which is both publicly and politically supported. To accomplish this, Three Rivers and its city partners identified multiple routes through each community in early 2020 and commenced a robust evaluation and public engagement process.

Some communities have selected or are nearing the point of selecting a preferred route through their community, and other communities have asked for additional routes to be considered that better address their local community goals (see above for Current Engagement Opportunities). In addition, it may be necessary for Three Rivers to also consider and study routes that extend beyond the cities currently being studied.

For quick reference, the preferred route planning status for each community is summarized on this map.

A detailed, interactive map for all routes under consideration is available here.

After a preferred route is approved for the entire corridor, Three Rivers will prepare a draft master plan highlighting the agreed-upon route, anticipated costs, acquisition needs, development goals and projected use. The draft master plan will be available for additional public review upon completion and prior to being formally considered for approval by the local communities, Three Rivers Park District Board of Commissioners and the Metropolitan Council.

Following master plan approval, Three Rivers will work to secure funding and work with willing sellers and partners to secure required property rights and commence trail construction. Trail construction will occur in multiple phases as funding and development opportunities allow and will likely take two to three decades to fully achieve.

To view an informational video about the Diamond Lake Regional Trail Master Plan, click here.

Please email questions about the master plan process to DLRT@threeriversparks.org. For answers to commonly-asked questions about the project, check out this Frequently Asked Questions document.

Current Engagement Opportunities

Medina

Over the last year, Three Rivers Park District has worked with the city of Medina to collect feedback on the master plan for the Diamond Lake Regional Trail (DLRT). The vision for the plan is to develop a paved, multi-use trail through Medina and neighboring communities, allowing for safe walking, running, biking and in-line skating. Trail construction is typically done in multiple phases as funding and development opportunities allow. Final completion may take many years or even decades.

The original concept focused on a route that would travel north-south through Medina. However, in response to initial public feedback and at the direction of the Medina City Council, Three Rivers is no longer evaluating any regional trail options that would extend south of Hamel Road.

The Medina City Council and Park Commission have requested that Three Rivers Park District instead study and seek public comments on alternative routes in the northern portion of the city, specifically along and north of Hamel Road. These new alternative trail routes would run along Hamel Road, adjacent to the roadway and predominantly located within road right-of-way. Three Rivers Park District also will be exploring other potential trail routes that would not travel through Medina.

The Medina City Council and Park Commission desire to collect feedback and gauge support for a regional trail that could serve the growing and more densely populated neighborhoods of northeast Medina, provide a grade-separated crossing over Highway 55 and a connection to Baker Park Reserve.

Community members are encouraged to share their feedback on the interactive map below, at an outdoor open house or virtual community meeting. One-on-one outdoor or virtual meetings can also be requested via email to DLRT@threeriversparks.org or phone to Stephen Shurson, Three Rivers Project Manager, at 763-559-6766.


View and Comment on the Map


Project Background and Status Updates

Three Rivers Park District is leading a master planning process for the Diamond Lake Regional Trail - a new north-south regional trail through the western portion of Hennepin County. The regional trail is envisioned to travel 20 miles near the communities of Dayton, Rogers, Corcoran, Medina, Long Lake, Orono and Wayzata, and connect natural areas, parks and trails. The 10-foot-wide paved, multi-use trail will allow biking, hiking, dog walking, running, and in-line skating.

The goal of the master planning process is to identify one preferred route spanning the entire corridor which is both publicly and politically supported. To accomplish this, Three Rivers and its city partners identified multiple routes through each community in early 2020 and commenced a robust evaluation and public engagement process.

Some communities have selected or are nearing the point of selecting a preferred route through their community, and other communities have asked for additional routes to be considered that better address their local community goals (see above for Current Engagement Opportunities). In addition, it may be necessary for Three Rivers to also consider and study routes that extend beyond the cities currently being studied.

For quick reference, the preferred route planning status for each community is summarized on this map.

A detailed, interactive map for all routes under consideration is available here.

After a preferred route is approved for the entire corridor, Three Rivers will prepare a draft master plan highlighting the agreed-upon route, anticipated costs, acquisition needs, development goals and projected use. The draft master plan will be available for additional public review upon completion and prior to being formally considered for approval by the local communities, Three Rivers Park District Board of Commissioners and the Metropolitan Council.

Following master plan approval, Three Rivers will work to secure funding and work with willing sellers and partners to secure required property rights and commence trail construction. Trail construction will occur in multiple phases as funding and development opportunities allow and will likely take two to three decades to fully achieve.

To view an informational video about the Diamond Lake Regional Trail Master Plan, click here.

Please email questions about the master plan process to DLRT@threeriversparks.org. For answers to commonly-asked questions about the project, check out this Frequently Asked Questions document.

General Comments

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I live in Medina on County Road 19 and bike east on hamel road from the Baker Park trail about once a month in biking weather. I would do it more often but Hamel Road has no shoulder and it is just too nerve racking to do the steep hills with any cars passing. I am very much in favor of the trail connection to Diamond lake trail. It would make a trip to Target and Hamel businesses much safer. It is not clear from the Map if the Hamel Road section would actually be separate from the road. Medina puts the road shoulder on Co Rd 24 as part of their existing trails. That road shoulder is wide enough, but it is not safe for children to ride along the Co Rd 24 traffic. This should be separate, and paved, not crushed limestone or gravel.

Walter Steinkraus

Walter Steinkraus 11 days ago

I live on the proposed trail & have mixed feelings about it coming through our property. If it would eliminate the cycling clubs from riding on Hamel Road, I am all for it. This road has curves & hills so there is no passing allowed, these groups ride 3-4 wide & won't thin out unless you sound your horn.
It reads on the map "Medina Routes Under Consideration," but yet it only shows one route. Leads me to think that some property owners weren't happy about the other proposals & pushed back, so they ended up with the only option.
Reading some of the FAQs, I have to chuckle because HC or the TRPD will have the property condemned if they can not come up with an agreement with the property owners. As in the case of the HC public works building.
It's hard for me to fathom the amount of money this is going to take to build this trail by the Park District. But then, I look on a larger scale & look at the light rail spending by Met Council which is totally out of control. It seems like the money could be better spent & used to help the less fortunate & homeless.
Have seen how government works, I am sure HC & the city will find a fee, charge or tax for the trail being being on our property. Thank you.

Buddy 14 days ago

I have been a resident of Corcoran for 10 years, I have children and we all need this trail! Our neighborhoods need to be safe for walking and biking, and without sidewalks right now they are not. Please also consider extending the path along 47 between 116 and 101. This is a road between lots of neighborhoods that currently has lots of bikers and walkers and creates dangerous situations for pedestrians, bikers, and cars without a path. Overall, we are VERY supportive of this path and THANK YOU!!! We love that it connects to Baker. This will be great for the environment as we will finally be able to walk and bike from our home instead of needing to drive to places to walk and bike.

Lindsay 18 days ago

First and foremost, I would absolutely be in favor of a new trail. I run and bike ride every week but I am also an avid horseback rider. I grew up on Tamarack Drive with a horse boarded at Fortuna Farm and have ridden the trails in the Wolsfeld Woods most of my life. My husband and I were fortunate enough to buy a horse property on County Road 24 and we enjoy riding these trails almost daily. Medina is such a big horse community, it has always surprised me there are so few places like this to ride. Not every horse person has access to a trailer to get to some of the larger trail systems so they rely on these trails. If you look at a map of the Wolsfeld Woods, you will notice that there actually is no public access point to the horse trails. We rely on the generosity of the surrounding landowners to access it. I get so much joy as I see many horseback riders (and even the Long Lake Hounds hunt club) ride along our property line down Iroquois Drive to get to the trail in our backyard. The proposed route of this bike path in this location would be placed directly on top of the current horse trail in some areas, would directly impact access for horseback riders, and would negatively affect the conditions in the Wolsfeld Woods SNA. It is unfortunate, but there are always a few people that won’t follow the rules and will bike there anyway. If you give bikes access to this area even further, it will create some serious safety concerns between horses and bikes. Even on the Luce Line enough mountain bikers come speeding down the horse trail that it creates a very dangerous situation. Based on other comments here and on the interactive map, it seems it would solve a lot of concerns if you would skip this small portion of the trail and just use the Tamarack Drive route. Please take this into consideration when creating your master plan for this trail system.

KME 22 days ago

I am very much in favor of the new Diamond Lake Regional Trail. I see a lot of development occurring in this area and the trail is an opportunity to provide a corridor for recreation and non motorized travel. It represents a low density use of an area that is certainly destined to be developed in the near future. When I look at the new development near Hy-Vee on 101 and Bass Lake road and other nearby areas I am glad that Three Rivers Parks is planning this route. Other regional trails have been popular and shown to increase property values. Now is the time for this route. It will preserve some of the nature in the area. Once it's developed for apartments and houses, it's gone for good.

Richard Anderson 30 days ago

Placing a trail through or along a Scientific and Natural Area [where dogs are prohibited, and where undisturbed areas are set aside for scientific research] seems contradictory to the purpose of a SNA. No transportation corridor presently goes along or through Wolsfeld Woods, west of Tamarack. Would introducing a public use trail place any negative impacts on the species and habitats there, especially since nothing exists there now? Do the covenants of the SNA allow for this usage and intrusion? Horseback riding in Wolsfeld Woods is a special privilege not enjoyed in many other SNAs, if any. Is this usage consistent with the spirit of the original establishing of this SNA that does allow for horses? How would horse/bike encounters be minimized and made safe? Given the present situation, where bikes are not allowed, and horses are, would horse be given preference in the planning and these encounters? The SNA has some areas of very steep slopes and erosion; horse riders know to avoid these areas at certain times of the year. How would this trail deal with keeping mountain bikers who presently have no readily gained access to these areas from using these steep slopes, and causing severe erosion? Would the use and condemnation of land from the 2 SNAs result in the need for replacement of the land through the Federal Land and Water Conservation Act? How would dogs and people be prevented from over-use of the area? Has over-use been defined for the SNAs? What would constitute too much usage and pressure, and then what would happen to the trail usage? Because the western Tamarack portion of the trail relies on placing a new transportation corridor adjacent to an SNA, the other Tamarack option, or the Hunter Drive option should be used.
Would there be less visual impact onto private landowner's homes if the trail were to be placed on Hunter vs Tamarack? Would there be less intrusion into resident's actively used land? Would more trees remain to buffer homes from the trail along Hunter or Tamarack?

CWP about 2 months ago

After listening in on a couple of meetings and reviewing the comments, I am writing to voice my support for the proposed shared-use trail. I bike regularly around Medina and appreciate the well-maintained trails we have in the area. I have found sharing the trails with other bikers, hikers and skaters to be a largely courteous and respectful exchange. I treasure those parts of the trail where the roar of the traffic is diminished, and the air Is free of exhaust.
I also appreciate the concerns raised by the horse-owners in Medina, several of whom are my neighbors. I support their wishes for allowing enough space so as not to distress their animals or unduly invade their privacy. In the more than 30 years I have been a resident of Medina, I have witnessed how their options for riding trails have become increasingly limited. A few decades ago, an annual foxhunt would sometimes, with our permission, cross a portion of our property. But even the modest level of development since then in the area makes that no longer possible. Some assurance by Three Rivers to preserve or even expand a few riding trail options for horses may help us find the right balance and dispel a legitimate concern that horse-owners are getting crowded out.
Since this project won’t be completed for many years, I may never get the chance to ride on the trail. But us my hope that when some new family moves into my place, they will be able to enjoy the beauty of this area by horse, skate, bike or foot as they choose. And they can practically do it out their back door!

Noel Martinson about 2 months ago

I moved to Medina about a year and a half ago to enjoy the beautiful property and privacy. I do NOT support the bike trail. I believe those who bike will still be on the street even if there is a path. I would expect a decrease in my very high property taxes if this path runs down Hunter Drive.

Hunter Drive Resident about 2 months ago

Listen to the last meeting I, know there are neighbors that may be opposed to the trail but we are more than thrilled to see a north-south trail we have lived in Medina over 30 years and we are property owners that are along the trail where we have lived for over 20 years we have no problem with this trail running through this edge of our property. Also Medina road is a terrible road for bikers and walkers cars go away over the speed limit and there is no shoulder to ride on or walk on. For years we have dreamed of a. Bike trail or a wider shoulder on Medina Road. We definitely support this long-term project

AKF about 2 months ago

Any trail route should follow existing public easements and roads, whenever possible. These routes are currently being used, and will continue to be used by bikers and walkers, regardless of other options. It only makes sense to support those currently-used pathways and to make those pathways safer, rather than engage in the incredibly expensive and extensive construction that would be required through private land acquisition of backyards and private stretches of natural, unpaved wooded and wetland. There is no need to pave paradise.

An expenditure of this size and the potential level of impact on individual landowners require better efforts in the following areas:

• Care taken in informing those directly impacted;
• Efforts to minimize private land impact and the potential for pressured sales and depressed land values from the specter of a bike path passing through private property;
• Clearly-communicated, extensive, and careful justification to the taxpayers , including an overview of what other potential infrastructure projects are not being funded at the expense of supporting the DLT project of this magnitude; and
• Binding, clear, and public commitment to not force sales by private landowners, whether through eminent domain or the potential threat of such activity.

Concerned Medina Resident 2 months ago

Providing safe pedestrian and bicycle facilities reduces carbon emissions, facilitates physical fitness, enhances communities, and allows people to connect with nature. Projects such as this are priceless in their potential to improve the environment, reduce medical costs through improved physical and mental health, and support communities by connecting people to key destinations (parks, shopping, etc.).

We live near 19 and Baker Park and have experienced the benefits of the nearby trail, and support projects that will benefit our neighboring communities.

Thank you for your vision and hard work.

Medina Resident 3 months ago

The trail should go though a future park on the south side of Diamond lake. This trail project is years away and that will give the city the time needed to work with the land owners on acquiring the property. This is consistent with Dayton's master plan

Doug Baines 4 months ago

I have lived in Corcoran for almost 34 years and have loved it. I understand that communities grow and change. I appreciate and have enjoyed the Three Rivers Parks. I am having a difficult time understanding the need and plan for this bike trail. I understand the motivation for a north to south route through these communities, but the expense and impact that an asphalt trail would have on nature and the privacy of landowners is not justifiable. I don't understand why TRP would not connect this trail from the northeast with the regional trail along Co.Rd 19. Not only would this be way less expensive, safer and quieter, more "park-like", and it would end at the Luce Line State trail just west of downtown Wayzata. Please consider this idea; you would achieve your trail route goals, have more funds for other projects, and make so many people( bikers and landowners) happy!

kathswans 4 months ago

We are not in favor of trails coming through through our neighborhood, especially around Hackamore Rd in Corcoran. The street is already narrow, windy, and would cause landowners to lose part of their land. We also have a lot of kids in our neighborhood and adding a bike trail with traffic would make it unsafe for them.

Alison 4 months ago

Hello! I am leaving a comment to encourage you to not develop the trail along P
Old Long Lake road near Wayzata Country Club. This is a very narrow road that does not have a lot of room. Cars can tend to go very fast along here and you also have golfers trying to cross the road in two spots. This is not very safe and it would be very disruptive to golfers and possibly even dangerous for people on the trail to be so close to the golf holes. I would ask that you route around this area which I believe is to the west a bit. Thank you.

Safdahl 5 months ago

I am not in favor of the exorbitant trail that is being planned. It involves the taking of private property that private landowners have paid extraordinarily high taxes so THEY can enjoy their own property or sell it and gain some profit. I don't understand why using the shoulders of already established roads won't suffice. At least widening the roads is less intrusive than plowing through wetlands, wooded areas and private citizens backyards.
You are impacting much more wildlife by creating a new path, not to mention storm water run off.
Many roads already do or will have storm water capabilities to accommodate this.
I am against this trail being placed on the West side of Holy Name Lake. The nesting Swans, Eagles, Osprey many ducks and even otters have been able to use this habitat without interference. Currently the lake is flanked by Holy Name Drive, Lakeview Drive, County Rd 24 and the City of Medina Park off Hunter and 24. One more path on the only natural side is overkill and creating traffic on the whole circumference of the lake will be devastating.

S.Sween 5 months ago

The trail is a wonderful addition to the trail system in the region and for the state. We are in favor of the route going up Tamarack ONLY if power lines will be buried and there will not be tree loss along side the road. In order to put in the trail, power lines may need to be moved which will lead to swaths and paths of trees being removed. New trees won't be planted under power lines and will leave a very barren looking road. With the burying of power lines, on far side of trail, trees can be maintained and/or replanted close the trail along side the road and trail where power line is not installed. The cost up front to do this out ways the loss long-term. Look to Bushaway Road in Wayzata where this practice was put into play.

Bridget & Jason Anderson 5 months ago

I used to live in Maple Grove, where I could access miles and miles of beautiful trails just a block from my home. When I moved just 12 miles away to Rogers, I was disappointed to find that I no longer had such access without driving. A trail system where people can walk/run/bike safely is much needed in this area that is quickly growing! Currently, I just make a bunch of tiny loops in my neighborhood because I'm surrounded by busy county roads with not even a shoulder to run on. I would so much rather use trails again. I think connecting Elm Creek park to the Rogers middle/high school and to Crow Hassan would be so beneficial, as well as a connection to Henry's Woods Park. Another comment I saw on here said that it would be great to have a trail in natural areas/away from the busy roads, and I would agree and love to see that wherever it is possible to do so. The path should be wide enough to allow room for both cyclists and pedestrians. It would be great if there could be garbage cans and water fountains somewhere along the route as well.

Tayler 5 months ago

My spouse and I are active users of bike trails and typically ride about 1900 miles each summer. We welcome and are excited about the addition of a new trail. We prefer trails that are quiet and natural. Trails that parallel roads are noisy and distracting. Frequent stops and stop signs also distract from a serene ride. Natural beauty separates a superior trail from an average one. Paved trails are preferable.

Mlundberg 5 months ago

We do not support this trail. First, I question the amount of tax dollars being spent. Is the planning team attempting to put in a "cadillac" when a "chevy" would suffice? I was told by the planning team their goal is a "park setting." To my thinking, this attitude will greatly increase the cost. Are our county\state budgets really in such great shape that we afford this attitude? Aren't there higher priorities for tax dollars? Like highways, freeways, bridges? I don't disagree with trails in general but this proposed trail sounds off the charts from a dollars perspective.
Second, we strongly disagree with the proposed route down Hackamore Road in Medina for numerous reasons. If planners have looked at the logistics of this area, they should have concluded there is no room to add a trail along this narrow gravel road with wetland on both sides of some stretches of the road. It is not workable without taking private land, which will not be offered for a trail. Additionally, a county-wide trail should not be routed through a residential neighborhood for the obvious reasons already stated in numerous other comments (loss of security, privacy, tranquility, etc.) Planners really need to consider what they are asking of private property owners along some of the proposed routes.

Medinarez 5 months ago