Lake George beach expansion

The Pioneer Press has a story about expansion and improvement of the beach facility at Lake George Regional Park that will be happening this fall. As background, here's the statement from Anoka County Parks about the project:

August 2012 Meeting

This month's meeting primarily consisted of discussion and information items. We continued our discussion from June of proposed policy changes for park acquisition grants. Significant changes in the proposal since the last meeting included retaining a requirement of a local match, but allowing the inclusion of land value donations from the seller towards that amount, and allowing the inclusion of environmental remediation and minimal recreational access development in eligible acquisition costs.

Grass Lake Trail Overlook Construction

Ramsey County will be beginning construction in the next few days of a new overlook of Grass Lake, in Vadnais-Snail Lakes Regional Park. The main trail in the area will remain open throughout construction, which is due to be completed by August 30th. This is a continuation of various rehabilitation and improvement work that's been occurring in the Grass Lake area throughout this year, bringing that section of the park up to the level of quality seen in the other portions.

July 2012 Meeting

This month we approved an amendment to the Policy Plan adding two regional trails to the system, both in the west Metro. We had discussed these additions back in April, and then the required public hearing was held last month with no opposition voiced, allowing us to approve the additions this month. The Intercity RT will be a short north-south link in Richfield and Bloomington connecting the Minneapolis Chain of Lake and Grand Rounds to the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge, passing the planned Nine Mile Creek RT and Mall of America on the way.

June 2012 Meeting

This meeting had a few agenda items that approved a bunch of things in bulk, as well as a discussion about a proposed policy change, so there was a bit more content than usual.

Boat launch closures

The boat launches at Coon Rapids Dam and Mississippi West Regional Parks are closed due to high water conditions making the area unsafe for small boats. Follow the Anoka County Parks Twitter feed for updates.

Closures for Rice Creek Trail West

Portions of the Rice Creek West Regional Trail in Fridley are currently closed, and scheduled to re-open late this summer. See this map for closure locations and the detour to use.

April 2012 Meeting

This meeting included a boundary adjustment to the master plan for Rice Creek Chain of Lakes Regional Park, adding a parcel on the northernmost end. The parcel lies in Columbus, and will initially offer a short trail for wildlife viewing. Ultimately, it is hoped that an additional canoe access point to the creek will be added here, although it will take some work to build that since the surrounding area is wetland that will need to be crossed with a boardwalk.

Prescribed Burns in Ramsey County for 2012

Ramsey County will be conducting prescribed burns in many area parks this spring to improve the growth of native prairie plants and control weeds. Parks in District E included in the burn plan are Snail Lake and Tony Schmidt. Exact dates will depend on weather conditions, so are not available in advance.

Press Release

March 2012 Meeting

This was the meeting where I was officially sworn in as a commissioner, and had two items of interest for my district although not actually within it.

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