Dakota County adopted a Parks System Plan that established a vision of a 200-mile greenway system. This system would connect residents to parks by improving connectivity, providing year round recreation, serving a diverse community, and protecting and enhancing natural resources and open space.
The Minnesota River Greenway extends for 17 miles across five cities and is divided into four segments. The four segments are:
Segment 1 – Lilydale Regional Park to I-494 (5 miles)
Segment 2 – I-494 to Cedar Avenue/ Trunk Highway (TH) 77 (4 miles)
Segment 3 – Cedar Avenue/ TH 77 to Interstate I-35W (3.5 miles)
Segment 4 – I-35W to Scott County (4 miles)
To learn more, go to the
Minnesota River Greenway page.
Minnesota River Greenway Newsletter
Work on Segment 2
Dakota County completed a feasibility study on Segment 2. The study determined an alignment for the greenway and estimated construction costs.
The County applied for and was awarded federal funding for the construction of the first phase of Minnesota River Greenway – Segment 2. The first phase begins at its connection with Big Rivers Regional Trail (BRRT) at I-494 and TH 13 to the extension of County State Aid Highway (CSAH) 26 (Lone Oak Road) in Eagan.
The County has contracted with LHB, Inc. for design services for the first phase of Minnesota River Greenway – Segment 2. The proposed project will include the following:
- Construction of 1.2 miles of 10-foot-wide paved multi-use trail along the west side of TH 13
- Construction of a ‘neighborhood gateway’ along the west side of TH 13 at CSAH 26 which includes a parking lot, access to the first phase of Minnesota River Greenway – Segment 2 and seasonal restroom facilities
- Provides for future connection to the next phase of Minnesota River Greenway – Segment 2 from CSAH 26 to Cedar Avenue/TH 77