Diamond Lake Regional Trail Master Plan

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Current Engagement Opportunities

Orono and Long Lake

As a result of the changes to the regional trail route through Medina, Three Rivers is evaluating a new regional trail route through the cities of Long Lake and Orono. The new route would build off existing local trail segments between the Luce Line State Trail and Lake Independence Regional Trail to ultimately connect Baker Park Reserve and the Dakota Rail Regional Trail in downtown Wayzata. As a multiuse trail, the trail would allow biking, walking, hiking, running, inline skating and more, and ultimately will be owned, operated and maintained by Three Rivers.

While the trail route will go through the cities of Wayzata, Orono and Long Lake, this engagement phase is focused only on the trail route between the Luce Line State Trail and Lake Independence Regional Trail in Orono and Long Lake. The rest of the route utilizes existing regional or state trails or has already received initial support from the respective city councils.

There are two options under consideration for east Long Lake, both of which use existing local trails. One option is along County Road 112/Wayzata Boulevard and the other is along the north side of the Hwy. 12 sound wall. For western Long Lake and Orono, the trail is proposed to follow the existing or planned local trails along County Road 112/Wayzata Boulevard except for the short segment between Martha Lane and Lake Street. For this segment, the trail is proposed to follow the existing bike route along Martha Lane, Symes Street and Lake Street and may include on-street/share the road conditions.

While this route is still being planned as part of the Diamond Lake Regional Trail corridor planning efforts, it will ultimately function as an independent regional trail and likely will be renamed as part of the master plan.

Community members are encouraged to share their feedback through Monday, July 5, on the interactive map below or 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 Orono/Long Lake 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

Orono and Long Lake

As a result of the changes to the regional trail route through Medina, Three Rivers is evaluating a new regional trail route through the cities of Long Lake and Orono. The new route would build off existing local trail segments between the Luce Line State Trail and Lake Independence Regional Trail to ultimately connect Baker Park Reserve and the Dakota Rail Regional Trail in downtown Wayzata. As a multiuse trail, the trail would allow biking, walking, hiking, running, inline skating and more, and ultimately will be owned, operated and maintained by Three Rivers.

While the trail route will go through the cities of Wayzata, Orono and Long Lake, this engagement phase is focused only on the trail route between the Luce Line State Trail and Lake Independence Regional Trail in Orono and Long Lake. The rest of the route utilizes existing regional or state trails or has already received initial support from the respective city councils.

There are two options under consideration for east Long Lake, both of which use existing local trails. One option is along County Road 112/Wayzata Boulevard and the other is along the north side of the Hwy. 12 sound wall. For western Long Lake and Orono, the trail is proposed to follow the existing or planned local trails along County Road 112/Wayzata Boulevard except for the short segment between Martha Lane and Lake Street. For this segment, the trail is proposed to follow the existing bike route along Martha Lane, Symes Street and Lake Street and may include on-street/share the road conditions.

While this route is still being planned as part of the Diamond Lake Regional Trail corridor planning efforts, it will ultimately function as an independent regional trail and likely will be renamed as part of the master plan.

Community members are encouraged to share their feedback through Monday, July 5, on the interactive map below or 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 Orono/Long Lake 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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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 11 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 11 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 11 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 11 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 11 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 11 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 11 months ago

Please do not make the trail loop around through the wetlands south of the Enclave neighborhood in Medina. As a resident in one of these homes the trail would border, we are extremely opposed to this. We bought this house believing there would never be anything behind us but undeveloped wetland. Also as a mom of a child who has Down syndrome we would not like pathway so close to our house because like many children with Down syndrome he is a bolter/runner and the wetland grass has always been a buffer to keep him safe from the roadways and strangers. Please consider keeping it on Hunter road. We love that there will be a trail but not right in our backyards. Thank you for your consideration.

Patti 12 months ago

I recommend that the trail be kept away from the traffic as much as possible. The trails I enjoy are ones on which I can ride my bike and look off at the ever changing MN scenery. The trails that leave me cold are one that just parallels a highway. If we’re building trails just to get somewhere, then we already have plenty of roads to allow that. But instead if the trail is to be part of an overall vision of an integrated parks and trails system, then the trail should be more like a park and less like a highway

Longhaultrucker 12 months ago

Please consider providing safe trail connections from the Rogers neighborhoods, particularly south and west of 94. Also critical is freeway bridge or tunnel crossing. The county roads in the area are not at all safe for bike travel as-is. It would be a shame to get this wonderful trail but still have to drive to access. Please prioritize connecting to Elm Creek and existing Maple Grove trails, as I believe that would be more useful than routing over to the west by Crow-Hassan and the Lake Independence Regional Trail which isn't as scenic and is near busy roads for much of travel.

caribouluvr 12 months ago

We oppose this trail route option because it goes through very private and secluded land and it puts too great a burden on these neighbors, who also oppose this plan, and who were not informed of the plan or the public meeting. We generally support trail expansion and we are trail users. We would support the Tamarack route, with conditions.

Rena and John Turnham 12 months ago

We generally support trail expansion and we are trail uses. However, we oppose the trail route option that goes through very private and secluded land as it puts too great a burden on our near neighbors--this is the route option that goes nearest to Wolsfeld Woods and affects these residents: Crosby, Wahlfor and Ringer. We would support the Tamarack route, with conditions.

Rena and John Turnham 12 months ago

Love this! We live in Dayton and are excited about the future plans. One suggestion is an app that would allow you to input where you want to start on the bike trail and where to end with bike trail GPS directions (kind of like Waze but for a bike trail).

Krakowski 12 months ago

Ferndale has to be removed from consideration. I don't live on Ferndale, but it is way too busy of a road already and would make it even more dangerous. Hunter Drive is narrow and cars drive very fast and many bikes use the road. We are always concerned about the safety. There is water on the west side so that may be an issue. Also most houses on the east side set back from the road more than those on the west side so there would be room. We love to bike!!

CountryGal about 1 year ago

We live in Rogers and are a very active family. We would love to have any paved trail access to bike or run on. I think this trail is a great start and eventually would love to see a path on Brockton to 101 that connects to Elm Creek trails.

Mschultz about 1 year ago

Please put the trail along Hunter Road between 6 and 24. We along with many would use the trail. Hunter Road is now often used and is dangerous with no berm.

Robert Carter about 1 year ago

Continued development of the bike trails is the future. I can understand the feelings of not wanting the shape of the landscape to change however change is inevitable. Citizens today want this amenity.
I feel unsafe riding on the county roads which is the only option in Corcoran for a longer ride. Recently a friend biking on a county road near Delano was the victim of a hit and run accident. He needed surgery and hospitalization.
If you cannot build a continuous trail from Wayzata and Medina then please consider a trail in Corcoran and Rogers to connect to the trails in Plymouth and Dayton. Corcoran is developing now and people will want these kinds of activities available to them. This is the time to make it happen!

Kay about 1 year ago

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Guck about 1 year ago

We would like the trail that is purposed on the south end of Hassan hills to go around the wetlands instead of through the middle. It makes no sense to make a trail right through the middle of the wooded area. It is wet most of the year.

Guck about 1 year ago

Please keep pavement OUT OF Crow Hassan. Too beautiful a natural resource AND bikes near horses is an equation that equals DISASTER and INJURIES.

BikeANDHorseLover about 1 year ago
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