North Creek is a tributary of the Vermillion River that connects Eagan, Apple Valley, Lakeville, Farmington and Empire Township. It crosses the urban fringe of the Twin Cities from suburban Apple Valley and Eagan to rural Empire Township.
As the landscape around North Creek evolves, the corridor assumes heightened importance as a defining natural feature.
The 14-mile North Creek Greenway will connect important regional destinations, including Lebanon Hills Regional Park, the Minnesota Zoo, downtown Farmington, the Vermillion River and Whitetail Woods Regional Park.
Dakota County, along with the city of Apple Valley and the Minnesota Zoo, hosted a public open house on Thursday, June 4 to discuss the North Creek Greenway Minnesota Zoo Segment Project.
North Creek Project Map
Open House Presentation
The project proposes a greenway alignment through the Minnesota Zoo property and a pedestrian and bicycle overpass of McAndrews Road. The public saw the alternatives that were considered and provided comments on greenway amenities and access to the local trail network. Staff from Dakota County, Apple Valley and the Minnesota Zoo were available to answer questions.
For more information, read the North Creek Master Plan or watch the conceptual North Creek Visualization video.