Dakota County OKs Lebanon Hills plan with paved trail

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In a 5-2 vote, Dakota County Commissioners approved a revised master plan for Lebanon Hills Regional Park last week that includes a 6-mile paved trail.

Plans to pave 6 miles of trails in Lebanon Hills Regional Park, which borders Eagan and Apple Valley are moving forward despite overwhelming opposition in the community. The county’s master plan for the 2,000-acre park also a 1-mile paved loop around McDonough Lake and the addition of six miles of unpaved trails will be added to Lebanon Hills for a total of 46 miles of unpaved trails. (Photo by Jessica Harper)

Plans to pave 6 miles of trails in Lebanon Hills Regional Park, which borders Eagan and Apple Valley are moving forward despite overwhelming opposition in the community. The county’s master plan for the 2,000-acre park also a 1-mile paved loop around McDonough Lake and the addition of six miles of unpaved trails will be added to Lebanon Hills for a total of 46 miles of unpaved trails. (Photo by Jessica Harper)

Plans for the connector trail were approved March 17 after the planned trail was narrowed from 10-feet wide to 8 feet.

“I think this is a good compromise,” Commissioner Chris Gerlach said. “The plan is so vastly improved.”

The majority of commissioners contended the paved path is needed to meet the needs of people with disabilities and the county’s aging population.

But opponents continue to contend other options should be considered to meet these needs.

Several people urged commissioners to prohibit bicyclists and skaters from using the connector trail and to consider using alternative surfacing materials such as gravel in its construction.

Continue reading this Sun Thisweek story by Jessica Harper.

 

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