Sunday, July 20, 2014

Dakota County to host open house before construction of Mississippi River Regional Trail segment

Construction will begin this fall on a new 4.3-mile section of the Mississippi River Regional Trail through Spring Lake Park Reserve. When complete, this section of trail will connect the Schaar's Bluff picnic area in Hastings to the archery trail and retreat center in Lower Spring Lake Park Reserve in Rosemount. Construction will include observation decks and rest stops that will provide park users with new vantage points to experience Spring Lake and the Mississippi River valley.


The public is invited to view project maps and schematic drawings, talk with project managers, and get questions answered about the project during an open house from 6–8 p.m. Wednesday, July 23, at Nininger Town Hall, 12390 Ivanhoe Way, Hastings.


Throughout the project, construction updates will be sent by email. Those interested in receiving email updates can sign up at, search MRRT construction.


Two segments of the Mississippi River Regional Trail in Dakota County are currently open — from Simon's Ravine at Concord Avenue in South St. Paul south to the southern border of Inver Grove Heights and from Schaar's Bluff in Spring Lake Park Reserve east to the riverfront in Hastings. Access to the north segment is available at Simon's Ravine Trailhead at Concord and Butler avenues and access to the south segment is available at Spring Lake Park Reserve in Hastings.


For more information, visit and search MRRT construction.

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