Park & Trail Projects

Rambling River Trail Project Completed 

Due to flooding over the years, the Vermillion River channel moved closer to sections of the trail in Rambling River Park. The trail sections most impacted were located north of Schmitz-Maki Arena and south of the Feely Fields ballfields. This past summer sections of the trail were closed for a project that included removing and replacing the existing paved trail and stabilizing the river bank in order to eliminate erosion next to the trail.

Work on the project started in July and was completed in early September. In addition to the river bank being stabilized and the trail replaced, the city worked with the following project partners: Vermillion River Watershed Joint Powers Organization, Dakota County Soil and Water Conservation District, and Minnesota Department of Natural Resources staff to construct an accessible trail to the river that will allow people with disabilities to access the river to fish and enjoy the river scenery. There were also large seating boulders placed to allow people to sit on the boulders and enjoy the river.
River restoration costs were offset by a $255,000 Metro Conservation Partners Legacy Grant. Now that the project has been completed, walk the Rambling River Park trail to see the improvements or watch the project video.

For more information, contact Parks and Recreation Director Randy Distad at email or 651-280-6851.

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