Ramsey County approves TCAAP parcel purchase

If you haven't heard already, the Ramsey County Board of Commissioners approved the purchase of a 430-acre parcel of land on the west side of the Twin Cities Army Ammunition Plant property in Arden Hills. This is good news for area park users, as it puts us one step closer to getting another part of that property turned into parkland. At present, 113 acres in the northwestern corner of the area is currently parkland as part of the Rice Creek North Regional Trail and Rice Creek Water Trail. The next step in the plan calls for an additional 108 acres to be acquired from the federal government as a no-fee transfer as part of a federal lands to local parks program. This parcel will be north of the newly acquired parcel that's slated for development and southwest of (and adjacent to) the existing park parcel, as well as including a north-south corridor for trail stretching from County Road I to Highway 96, which will create some nice loops along with Lexington Parkway, the Highway 96 Regional Trail, and Long Lake Regional Park. That new parcel will provide a "wildlife corridor" between the northwest parcel and the property that will continue to be owned by the US Army, as that is open space with significant habitat, so it will be important to maintain contiguous green space throughout for safe animal migration. Hopefully I will be able to post about that deal being finalized in coming months.

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