Dakota County is updating the 2005 Lake Byllesby Regional Park Master Plan and creating a new Natural Resources Management Plan for the park. Goodhue County will also be updating the master plan for their Byllesby County Park.
An updated master plan is needed to reflect changes over last 10 years, notably the new Mill Towns Trail bridge over the Cannon River that connects the Lake Byllesby parks in Goodhue and Dakota counties.
The master plan will include a long-range (10-25 years) vision for the park and guide future decisions about park activities, capital investment and natural resource restoration.
The Natural Resources Management Plan will address restoration priorities and provide near-term management recommendations for the natural areas in the park.
Get involved in the process
A community open house was held Monday, Sept. 19. Attendees had the opportunity to identify current park issues and future opportunities. See the open house presentation.
Public meeting – Dakota County Planning Commission
Thursday, Nov. 3, 6-8 p.m.
Cannon Falls City Hall
More open houses will be held throughout the process.
- Phase 1: Project Organization (July–August 2016) – Define the project process
- Phase 2: Inventory & Research (August–November 2016) – Identify issues, opportunities, and needs
- Phase 3: Park Concepts (October 2016–May 2017) – Establish the vision for the future and explore alternative design and policy concepts to achieve the vision
- Phase 4: Plan Developments & Approvals (May–September 2017) – Determine the preferred direction for the future and develop the plan documents for adoption by the County Board.