Spring Lake Regional Park

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There’s more to come at Spring Lake Regional Park in Prior Lake! There is a 14-acre undeveloped portion of parkland adjacent to Spring Lake that is primed for more amenities for park users to experience the beauty of the area. The site, located on the shores of Spring Lake and south of County Road 12, has one central hill and two small wetlands, but is otherwise relatively flat and has immense potential as a community gathering place. Currently, there is a gravel parking area and some unmaintained paths along the shore.

The master plan for the park envisioned this space to be an actively-used area with parking; a play area for kids; a shelter for family gatherings or perhaps even a small wedding; and abundant connection points to the lake through fishing piers, a canoe launch, or benches and observation areas providing scenic views of the water.

While these plans are exciting, the full vision of the park will take several years to implement. This fall, Scott County Parks and Trails staff will be kicking off a design process for the first stage of the lakefront parcel. Engineering and design will determine what areas are suitable for development, and access to the water will take some creative thinking (as it has a relatively steep grade).

Phase I is slated to for design starting later this year and into 2022. Construction is estimated to take place in 2023 and 2024, with a grand opening in 2025. This phase will likely bring a combination of parking, woodland enhancements, and walking trails as well as some level of water access – though staff would like your help in determining what should be prioritized.

There’s more to come at Spring Lake Regional Park in Prior Lake! There is a 14-acre undeveloped portion of parkland adjacent to Spring Lake that is primed for more amenities for park users to experience the beauty of the area. The site, located on the shores of Spring Lake and south of County Road 12, has one central hill and two small wetlands, but is otherwise relatively flat and has immense potential as a community gathering place. Currently, there is a gravel parking area and some unmaintained paths along the shore.

The master plan for the park envisioned this space to be an actively-used area with parking; a play area for kids; a shelter for family gatherings or perhaps even a small wedding; and abundant connection points to the lake through fishing piers, a canoe launch, or benches and observation areas providing scenic views of the water.

While these plans are exciting, the full vision of the park will take several years to implement. This fall, Scott County Parks and Trails staff will be kicking off a design process for the first stage of the lakefront parcel. Engineering and design will determine what areas are suitable for development, and access to the water will take some creative thinking (as it has a relatively steep grade).

Phase I is slated to for design starting later this year and into 2022. Construction is estimated to take place in 2023 and 2024, with a grand opening in 2025. This phase will likely bring a combination of parking, woodland enhancements, and walking trails as well as some level of water access – though staff would like your help in determining what should be prioritized.

Share your memories of Spring Lake

As we begin planning for the addition of more park features at Spring Lake Regional Park, staff are seeking inspiration from our shared history. Please share a positive memory, story or connection you or your family have to Spring Lake and the surrounding land.

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    Decades of Memories!

    by Barb H., 19 days ago
    As a teenager, my family lived not far from the current park boundaries and I remember my parents, aunts and uncles talking about the county acquiring the land for a park. Meanwhile, we continued to "enjoy" the land for snowmobiling, fast car trips down the gravel road - which is now part of the paved trial- and other "extra curricular" activities. My husband and I - then recently engaged- lived for a time in a little cabin on Spring Lake that we still call the "chipmunk house" due to the regular visitors. My enjoyment of this land has significantly increased... Continue reading
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    Tree Planting with my Mom

    by Wilm, 21 days ago
    A couple of years ago my mom and I planted trees at Spring Lake Regional Park, on Mothers Day. It was cool because we got to plant oak trees and maples, helping the forest that is there, and I get to see them grow when we visit. And it's a fun memory for me and my mom.
Page last updated: 17 November 2021, 16:13