As part of the Lebanon Hills Regional Park Master Plan, multiple improvement projects have been scheduled for completion by December 2017.
These improvement projects provide increased access to the park, address needs due to increased use, replace aging infrastructure, comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act, and restore and improve natural resources. All projects will incorporate the Dakota County Soil and Water Conservation Districts Storm Water Management Low Impact Development Standards.
The 2016-2017 budget for improvement projects is $2,030,000, according to the 2016-2020 Parks Capital Improvement Program.
The projects include:
- McDonough Lake – Completion of an ADA accessible paved trail loop and boardwalk around lake
- Wheaton Pond – Completion of an ADA accessible paved trail and pond access improvements
- West Trailhead – Mountain bike facility and parking improvements
- Holland Lake – Completion of an ADA accessible paved trail from parking lot to fishing pier
- Portage Lake – A-frame shelter replacement
- Bridge Pond – Bridge replacement
Questions can be submitted to Josh Kinney, Senior Project Manager by email at email@example.com.
McDonough Lake Paved Loop Trail
McDonough Lake is adjacent to the Lebanon Hills Visitor Center. The completed paved lake loop will provide a fully accessible and convenient 30-minute year-round walkway with access to the existing fishing pier.
Project includes a paved ADA accessible 8-foot-wide paved trail around the lake, boardwalk, retaining walls as needed, site restoration and tree planting. See project map. See natural resource restoration map.
Construction schedule: Construction complete
The boardwalk and paved trail are complete. The trail is now open for use.
Wheaton Pond Access
Wheaton pond is just south of the campground. The new features include additional parking, fishing and canoe access, and a paved ADA accessible path to Wheaton Pond.See project map. See natural resource restoration map.
Construction schedule: Construction complete. The trail is now open for use. This trail is available to campground customers and their guests only.
West Trailhead Mountain Bike Facility Improvements
The Lebanon Hills mountain bike trails are among the most popular in Minnesota. A new trailhead building with restrooms, paved parking lot, and mountain bike skills course was completed in 2012. Improvements address the increased use of this area.
Project includes additional off street parking, event and program space, improved storm water management, picnic tables, an expanded concrete pad around picnic shelter, turf/prairie establishment on entire site and buffer vegetation between site and Johnny Cake Ridge Road. See project map. See natural resource restoration map.
Construction schedule: April 10-Sept. 4, 2017
During construction, access to the mountain bike and hiking trails, the picnic shelter, restrooms and to one of the two existing parking lots will remain open. The mountain bike skills park will be closed to all public use starting June 5, 2017.
The north parking lot has a base layer of pavement down and will open for public parking on June 5, 2017. Portions of the southern parking lot will remain open for public parking while a portion will be closed for construction parking/staging. Access to hiking and mountain bike trails will remain open and be clearly marked and signed.
Holland Lake ADA Path
The trailhead has a picnic shelter with restrooms, a lakeside deck, parking, and trails. The 2016 project concentrates on providing an ADA accessible switchback path from parking lot to the existing fishing pier.
Project includes fully accessible paved trail from the parking lot to fishing pier, site restoration and tree planting plan. See project map. See natural resource restoration map.
Construction schedule: June 26-Nov. 30, 2017
The Holland Lake Trailhead, including entrance road, parking lot, picnic shelter, restrooms, picnic area, fishing pier and trail access to hiking trails will be closed to the public during construction.
Portage Lake Shelter Replacement
The current A-frame shelter was more than 50 years old. It is in need of replacement for continued use of this site. The structure has been removed. The project focus is to replace the retired “A-Frame” picnic shelter. See the project map. See a project drawing. See natural resource restoration map.
Construction schedule: Feb. 13-Aug. 25, 2017
Throughout construction, the shelter area is closed. Nearby hiking/snowshoe and ski trails will remain open. The shelter is expected to be completed by Aug. 25.
Bridge Pond Bridge Replacement
The “crooked” bridge at Bridge Pond was retired and replaced with a new bridge. See project details. See the natural resource restoration map.
Construction schedule: Construction complete
The new bridge is in place and is open for use.
Project schedule to date
May 2016: Public Open House #1
June 14, 2016: County Board project update
July 2016: Public Open House #2
July 19, 2016 County Board approval of schematic design
September 14, 2016: Public Open House #3
October 18, 2016: County Board approval of final design
November 2016: Advertise bid for bridge and boardwalk
Tentative project schedule
January 2017: Advertise bid for all other projects
April 2017: Begin natural resources restoration
January–July 2017: Bridge and McDonough Lake Boardwalk construction
May–June 2017: McDonough Lake Trail construction
May–July 2017: A-Frame construction
April–June 2017: Wheaton Pond construction
April–September 2017: West Trailhead construction
June–October 2017: Holland Lake construction
November 2017: Project Completion
December 2018: Complete natural resources restoration